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[kuh-rey-juh s] /kəˈreɪ dʒəs/
possessing or characterized by courage; brave:
a courageous speech against the dictator.
Origin of courageous
1250-1300; Middle English corageous < Anglo-French curajous, Old French corageus, equivalent to corage courage + -eus -eous
Related forms
courageously, adverb
courageousness, noun
uncourageous, adjective
uncourageously, adverb
uncourageousness, noun
See brave. Unabridged
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  • Still, with his courage he displayed caution, the caution that only a courageous man would dare to display.

  • One of the most cheerful and courageous, because one of the most hopeful of workers, was Carey, the missionary.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • He was not courageous, nor did he love warfare, and he paid little attention to the business of the state.

  • And a coward would do less than a courageous and temperate man?

    Euthydemus Plato
  • Nebuchadnezzar, admiring the courageous resistance of the Jews, agrees to spare their lives if they open their gates.

    The Forerunners Romain Rolland
British Dictionary definitions for courageous


possessing or expressing courage
Derived Forms
courageously, adverb
courageousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for courageous

late 13c., from Anglo-French corageous, Old French corageus (12c., Modern French courageux), from corage (see courage). Related: Courageously; courageousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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