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[bruh-vah-doh] /brəˈvɑ doʊ/
noun, plural bravadoes, bravados.
a pretentious, swaggering display of courage.
Origin of bravado
1575-85; < Spanish bravada (now bravata < It), equivalent to brav(o) brave + -ada -ade1
Related forms
overbravado, noun
Can be confused
bravery, bravado, bravura.
brag, bluster, bombast, braggadocio. See courage. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bravado
  • With typical Hemingway bravado, he sipped champagne on the hotel's canal-side terrace while chuckling over his obituaries.
  • But his bravado was leavened by courage.
  • Her unique vision and bravado create a highly original novel.
  • In other words, it wasn't so much an act of kindness or even a power move as it was an act of bravado.
  • Hooking up home appliances is part geek bravado, part insider joke and part open-source hardware experiment.
  • There are many forms of male bravado.
  • She laughed with bravado.
  • War is far more a question of intelligence than bravado.
  • As a player, Jackson backed up his bravado, often with style.
  • He grew up in a world in which bravado and fists often resolved disputes.
British Dictionary definitions for bravado


noun (pl) -does, -dos
vaunted display of courage or self-confidence; swagger
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish bravada (modern bravata), from Old Italian bravare to challenge, provoke, from bravo wild, brave
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Word Origin and History for bravado

1580s, from French bravade "bragging, boasting," from Italian bravata "bragging, boasting" (16c.), from bravare "brag, boast, be defiant," from bravo (see brave (adj.)). The English word was influenced in form by Spanish words ending in -ado.

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