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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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  • But sometimes it does bring out the bold and courageous in you.
  • Sometimes, these courageous individuals were jailed for their fight against the established laws of the day.
  • In the end, it is perhaps a question of courageous willingness to consider new and unconventional ways of thinking.
  • These are the taboo topics that only a courageous reporter dare cover.
  • The younger generation of leaders show no signs of being any more courageous in this respect than their predecessors.
  • He was overruled by his staff, which has continued ever since to pursue the courageous reporting for which it has become known.
  • Switching off the gene makes a fearful mouse courageous.
  • He even went so far as to declare that her new health-care plan is courageous and detailed.
  • However, it will require courageous and imaginative decisions on both sides.
  • The feeling of being part of a group can make a soldier more courageous because he's afraid to let his buddies down.
British Dictionary definitions for courageous


possessing or expressing courage
Derived Forms
courageously, adverb
courageousness, noun
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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.

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