Definition of bravery in English:



  • Courageous behavior or character.

    • ‘The officers showed tremendous courage and bravery in tackling a very difficult situation.’
    • ‘Nobody would ever question his work ethic or his bravery but he's now combining that with some lovely play.’
    • ‘Those who demonstrate bravery and take a stand through the proper channels should be celebrated.’
    • ‘A lovable rogue has been recognised for his bravery nearly 100 years after his death.’
    • ‘The bomb squad duly came and defused the bomb, and Grandpa was given a medal for his bravery.’
    • ‘Against good international defences that takes nerve, bravery and no little skill.’
    • ‘She taught us the deepest meaning of love, respect, compassion, courage and bravery.’
    • ‘Warminster Library is to host a special party for D-Day veterans to spread their tales of bravery.’
    • ‘I saw a news report the other night which contained coverage of awards for bravery.’
    • ‘They made it back with a combination of bravery, tenacity and good fortune.’
    • ‘He paid tribute to their bravery in giving evidence despite attempts at bribery and intimidation.’
    • ‘The crowd loved this display of clowning bravery and the modern bullfight was born.’
    • ‘I really salute his bravery to tell it like it is within the leadership of the ruling party.’
    • ‘Who thought we'd witness that kind of bravery in the name of this project?’
    • ‘The heroic policeman who saved a baby from the wrecked car will receive a medal in recognition of his bravery.’
    • ‘The concept of bravery is being thrown around at random, with little thought given to what exactly we mean.’
    • ‘He was the last to leave and was rightly awarded the British Empire Medal for his bravery.’
    • ‘In truth, the other figures in the square are all distinguished by the kind of bravery that used to appeal to us more.’
    • ‘Anyone who can has to be admired for they have a strength of character and bravery which I do not possess.’
    • ‘It's all very well to liken a restaurant to the army, but mess cooks seldom win medals for bravery.’
    courage, courageousness, pluck, pluckiness, braveness, valour, fearlessness, intrepidity, intrepidness, nerve, daring, audacity, boldness, dauntlessness, doughtiness, stout-heartedness, hardihood, manfulness, heroism, gallantry
    backbone, spine, spirit, spiritedness, mettle, determination, fortitude, resolve, resolution
    guts, grit, spunk, gutsiness, gameness
    bottle, ballsiness
    moxie, cojones, sand
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Mid 16th century (in the sense bravado): from French braverie or Italian braveria, based on Latin barbarus (see barbarous).