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bravado

[bruh-vah-doh] /brəˈvɑ doʊ/
noun, plural bravadoes, bravados.
1.
a pretentious, swaggering display of courage.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Spanish bravada (now bravata < It), equivalent to brav(o) brave + -ada -ade1
Related forms
overbravado, noun
Can be confused
bravery, bravado, bravura.
Synonyms
brag, bluster, bombast, braggadocio. See courage.
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bravado

/brəˈvɑːdəʊ/
noun (pl) -does, -dos
1.
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 bravadoes

bravado

n.

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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