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Possessing or showing courage or determination:‘she made a valiant effort to hold her anger in check’‘a valiant warrior’
brave, fearless, courageous, valorous, plucky, intrepid, heroic, stout-hearted, lionhearted, manly, manful, bold, daring, audacious, gallant, confident, spirited, stout, undaunted, dauntless, doughty, mettlesome, unalarmed, unflinching, unshrinking, unblenching, unabashed, undismayeddetermined, stalwart, staunch, indomitable, resolute, steadfast, firm, unyielding, unbending, unfaltering, unswerving, unwavering, stubborn, doggedrock-ribbedgame, gutsy, spunky, ballsyView synonyms
- ‘They made a valiant attempt to avoid capture, but were forced to give themselves up because his friend was too badly injured to go on.’
- ‘We should never forget the sacrifices made during the Second World War, nor the lives lost as part of a vital and valiant struggle.’
- ‘Reports indicate that she made a valiant attempt to escape the fusillade of bullets but was chased and shot anyway.’
- ‘He is someone who has given his all to the game and should go out after a valiant effort, win or lose.’
- ‘Nevertheless, it's more than likely that their valiant efforts will be in vain.’
- ‘Although Vic made a valiant effort to overtake the leaders, he fell short by a few points.’
- ‘As always, there are a few, valiant individual journalists doing their best.’
- ‘That first-half lead was protected by some valiant defending, not least from the impressive Richard Dunne.’
- ‘Bruno loves Sonia and makes a valiant effort to make her happy once again.’
- ‘Though their efforts were valiant it was painfully obvious it had little effect on the blaze.’
- ‘Despite a decided lack of knowledge of the rules of the sport they played a valiant game.’
- ‘These are our valiant soldiers, the ones who die for us on the battlefield and in the electric chair.’
- ‘Apparently, he had made a valiant effort to turn the whole thing into a classroom.’
- ‘I have to say we made a valiant effort - after each set back we picked ourselves up, brushed the dirt of our knees and skated on.’
- ‘Her career had been marked by close defeats and valiant efforts.’
- ‘He was a valiant warrior and and a great hunter who roamed over the whole earth.’
- ‘This book is a history of its ten years' valiant work in maintaining the high standards one has come to expect of British newspapers.’
- ‘He thought that he would be rewarded for valiant actions with a hero's welcome when he returned to shore.’
- ‘New recruits can be invited to the army halls in order to train and become valiant warriors.’
- ‘The singer feigns ignorance, and makes a valiant if contradictory effort to keep up appearances.’
Middle English (also in the sense ‘robust, well-built’): from Old French vailant, based on Latin valere be strong.
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