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[brey-vuh-ree, breyv-ree] /ˈbreɪ və ri, ˈbreɪv ri/
noun, plural braveries.
brave spirit or conduct; courage; valor.
showiness; splendor; magnificence.
Origin of bravery
1540-50; probably < Italian braveria, equivalent to brav(are) to brave + -eria -ery
Related forms
overbravery, noun
Can be confused
bravery, bravado, bravura.
1. intrepidity, fearlessness, boldness, daring, prowess, heroism, pluck, spirit, audacity, nerve, mettle, spunk. See courage.
1. cowardice. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for bravery
  • He said she had taught him honor, loyalty and bravery.
  • Even a little bravery on this subject would be welcome.
  • See villagers perform this daring feat as they literally risk their necks to secure harvest blessings and prove their bravery.
  • Back then, there was no one to witness either the misery or the bravery of this heroic band.
  • His enthusiasm, bravery and generous spirit affected all who knew him.
  • Characteristically, he never spoke of these years or his bravery in his letters.
  • Only brains and bravery saved all of them from becoming dinner.
  • Also, they have used it as a symbol of bravery and such on the coat of arms.
  • To the cowardice of the politicians in power and to the bravery of the participants involved.
  • Even official newspapers praised his tenacity and bravery.
Word Origin and History for bravery

1540s, "daring, defiance, boasting," from French braverie, from braver "to brave" (see brave) or else from cognate Italian braveria, from bravare.

No Man is an Atheist, however he pretend it and serve the Company with his Braveries. [Donne, 1631]
As a good quality, attested from 1580s. Meaning "fine clothes" is from 1560s and holds the older sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bravery in the Bible

(Isa. 3:18), an old English word meaning comeliness or beauty.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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