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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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  • Their chiefs were as much renowned for wisdom, and eloquence as for bravery.

    Fire Cloud Samuel Fletcher
  • I asked him what reward the Helots had for bravery or virtue.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Behold the worm that gnaws away the bravery of a nation and makes it a prey for the spoiler!'

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • The attention of the reader is directed to the bravery of this officer.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • Though the fellow hath the bravery of a lion, he hath the meekness of a lamb.

    Amelia Henry Fielding
Word Origin and History for bravery

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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