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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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  • The vicar was of opinion that when his latter end overtook him he should meet it on the whole as courageously as other men.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Mr Pancks courageously nodded his head and said, 'All right, ma'am.'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • But let us not forget what a courageously mad creation this our city is.

    Laws Plato
  • courageously he leaped upon him, and took no heed of himself.

  • I know, too, how courageously you struggled against adversity.

British Dictionary definitions for courageously


possessing or expressing courage
Derived Forms
courageously, adverb
courageousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for courageously



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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