Definition of courageous in English:



  • Not deterred by danger or pain; brave.

    ‘her courageous human rights work’
    • ‘He deserves everything, he was very brave and courageous and I know he would do it all again if he had to.’
    • ‘He suffered so much, and he was so brave, so courageous to fight it as long as he did.’
    • ‘It must therefore be courageous and tough about gently easing prices upwards to deliver better margin yield.’
    • ‘A mother and her two young sons were pulled from their blazing home by a courageous next-door neighbour.’
    • ‘It was certainly the one truly courageous and right act of his premiership, which enters its eighth year in a few months.’
    • ‘She felt free and brave and courageous, and she never wanted to stop flying through the air.’
    • ‘A fearless person could not be courageous, because courage is all about the mind dominating fear.’
    • ‘I strongly suspect he is not deluded, but he is definitely a brave, or at least a courageous, man.’
    • ‘The decision to come out fighting to restore standards in higher education was principled and courageous.’
    • ‘Its devotees have been courageous, and they have also been treacherous.’
    • ‘You are very brave and courageous people to be over their risking your life for your country.’
    • ‘Let us stop being economically defensive and start being politically courageous.’
    • ‘He made a courageous come back, only to throw up on stage minutes later - a first in my gig attending experience.’
    • ‘As he approached the scene, the courageous cop realised the girl had not seen him - and decided to act fast.’
    • ‘Quite simply, her plight is seen as courageous and worthy of sympathy.’
    • ‘It's therefore a mystery how brave, courageous St George ever got to be the patron saint of England.’
    • ‘I hope to be half as courageous and full of faith as he was when faced with the end.’
    • ‘She wanted to be brave and courageous like the heroes in all the stories she liked to read.’
    • ‘I thought it was a classic piece of decisive and courageous goalkeeping.’
    • ‘So every time one sees a bold and courageous man or woman you can be sure that the child in that person is still alive.’
    brave, plucky, fearless, valiant, valorous, intrepid, heroic, lionhearted, manful, bold, daring, daredevil, adventurous, audacious
    undaunted, unflinching, unshrinking, unafraid, dauntless, indomitable, doughty, mettlesome, venturesome, stout-hearted, stout, spirited, gallant, stalwart, resolute, determined, death-or-glory
    game, gutsy, spunky, ballsy, have-a-go
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Middle English: from Old French corageus, from corage (see courage).