Similarly, television shows that include gay characters are lauded for being so “brave” and for changing culture for the better.
I forced a brave smile and drew my arm around her near skeletal shoulder.
Instead, Rand Paul has taken his brave stand in opposition to killing innocent people for eating pot roast.
Black men were now brave Union soldiers, fighting hard for a far more perfect Union.
I respect Rabbi Yosef's erudition and his brave and sometimes iconoclastic halakhic (Jewish legal) writings.
It did do good, and his brave patience made us remember him long after he was gone.
A pioneer is a brave fellow, with the courage of his own curiosity.
And yet our Esther is a heroine—capable, energetic, brave, and patriotic.
He was bold enough to brave the consequences of this act, which he foresaw clearly.
There was no necessity for her to brave the crowd at the window in order to purchase a ticket.
late 15c., from Middle French brave, "splendid, valiant," from Italian bravo "brave, bold," originally "wild, savage," possibly from Medieval Latin bravus "cutthroat, villain," from Latin pravus "crooked, depraved;" a less likely etymology being from Latin barbarus (see barbarous). A Celtic origin (Irish breagh, Cornish bray) also has been suggested.
Old English words for this, some with overtones of "rashness," included modig (now "moody"), beald ("bold"), cene ("keen"), dyrstig ("daring"). Brave new world is from the title of Aldous Huxley's 1932 satirical utopian novel; he lifted the phrase from Shakespeare ("Tempest" v.i.183).
"to face with bravery," 1776, from French braver, from brave (see brave (adj.)). Related: Braved; braving.