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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 her·o·ism /ˈhɛrəˌwɪzəm ||ˈhɪr-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Her·o·ism n.  The qualities characteristic of a hero, as courage, bravery, fortitude, unselfishness, etc.; the display of such qualities.
    Heroism is the self-devotion of genius manifesting itself in action.   --Hare.
 Syn: -- Heroism, Courage, Fortitude, Bravery, Valor, Intrepidity, Gallantry.
 Usage: Courage is generic, denoting fearlessness or defiance of danger; fortitude is passive courage, the habit of bearing up nobly under trials, danger, and sufferings; bravery is courage displayed in daring acts; valor is courage in battle or other conflicts with living opponents; intrepidity is firm courage, which shrinks not amid the most appalling dangers; gallantry is adventurous courage, dashing into the thickest of the fight. Heroism may call into exercise all these modifications of courage. It is a contempt of danger, not from ignorance or inconsiderate levity, but from a noble devotion to some great cause, and a just confidence of being able to meet danger in the spirit of such a cause.  Cf. Courage.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic
          courage when facing danger (especially in battle); "he
          showed great heroism in battle"; "he received a medal for
          valor" [syn: gallantry, valor, valour, valorousness,
           valiance, valiancy]