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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 here is the interesting thing: as long as these two disagree, you would act courageously.
  • Want to commend you on courageously sharing your story and struggles.
  • Their contributions to society need to be eloquently and courageously affirmed by their leaders.
  • Steve courageously exposes his life to us, allowing us to experience the intimate threads of our own.
  • It is not often one hears this subject so courageously discussed and intelligently.
  • The reason is that the poet never dares courageously to cope with despair.
  • Therefore, they go more courageously to their business as having a trust and affiance in such overseers.
  • courageously refusing to retire, he began appearing in roles specially written to accommodate his handicap.
  • They have courageously combated tyranny and oppression to bring freedom to others.
  • They rose above the obstacles set by rampant discrimination and courageously defended our democracy.
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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