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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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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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