One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Courageous behavior or character.
courage, courageousness, pluck, pluckiness, braveness, valour, fearlessness, intrepidity, intrepidness, nerve, daring, audacity, boldness, dauntlessness, doughtiness, stout-heartedness, hardihood, manfulness, heroism, gallantryView synonyms
- ‘The officers showed tremendous courage and bravery in tackling a very difficult situation.’
- ‘They made it back with a combination of bravery, tenacity and good fortune.’
- ‘A lovable rogue has been recognised for his bravery nearly 100 years after his death.’
- ‘He paid tribute to their bravery in giving evidence despite attempts at bribery and intimidation.’
- ‘He was the last to leave and was rightly awarded the British Empire Medal for his bravery.’
- ‘The heroic policeman who saved a baby from the wrecked car will receive a medal in recognition of his bravery.’
- ‘Who thought we'd witness that kind of bravery in the name of this project?’
- ‘I really salute his bravery to tell it like it is within the leadership of the ruling party.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The concept of bravery is being thrown around at random, with little thought given to what exactly we mean.’
- ‘The crowd loved this display of clowning bravery and the modern bullfight was born.’
- ‘In truth, the other figures in the square are all distinguished by the kind of bravery that used to appeal to us more.’
- ‘Those who demonstrate bravery and take a stand through the proper channels should be celebrated.’
- ‘Nobody would ever question his work ethic or his bravery but he's now combining that with some lovely play.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘bravado’): from French braverie or Italian braveria ‘boldness’, based on Latin barbarus (see barbarous).
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