bravery

[brey-vuh-ree, breyv-ree]
noun, plural braveries.
1.
brave spirit or conduct; courage; valor.
2.
showiness; splendor; magnificence.

Origin:
1540–50; probably < Italian braveria, equivalent to brav(are) to brave + -eria -ery

overbravery, noun

bravery, bravado, bravura.


1. intrepidity, fearlessness, boldness, daring, prowess, heroism, pluck, spirit, audacity, nerve, mettle, spunk. See courage.


1. cowardice.
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brave (breɪv)
 
adj
1.  a.  having or displaying courage, resolution, or daring; not cowardly or timid
 b.  (as collective noun preceded by the): the brave
2.  fine; splendid: a brave sight; a brave attempt
3.  archaic excellent or admirable
 
n
4.  a warrior of a Native American tribe
5.  an obsolete word for bully
 
vb
6.  to dare or defy: to brave the odds
7.  to confront with resolution or courage: to brave the storm
8.  obsolete to make splendid, esp in dress
 
[C15: from French, from Italian bravo courageous, wild, perhaps ultimately from Latin barbarusbarbarous]
 
'bravely
 
adv
 
'braveness
 
n
 
'bravery
 
n

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Word Origin & History

bravery
1540s, "daring, defiance, boasting," from Fr. braverie, from braver "to brave" (see brave) or else from cognate It. 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.
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Bible Dictionary

Bravery definition


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

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Example sentences
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.
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