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valiant

[val-yuh nt] /ˈvæl yənt/
adjective
1.
boldly courageous; brave; stout-hearted:
a valiant soldier.
2.
marked by or showing bravery or valor; heroic:
to make a valiant effort.
3.
worthy; excellent.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English valia(u)nt < Anglo-French; Middle French vaillant, present participle of valoir to be of worth < Latin valēre; see -ant
Related forms
valiantly, adverb
valiantness, noun
overvaliant, adjective
overvaliantly, adverb
overvaliantness, noun
unvaliant, adjective
unvaliantly, adverb
unvaliantness, noun
Synonyms
1. valorous, dauntless. See brave.
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valiant

/ˈvæljənt/
adjective
1.
courageous, intrepid, or stout-hearted; brave
2.
marked by bravery or courage a valiant deed
Derived Forms
valiance, valiancy, noun
valiantly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French vaillant, from valoir to be of value, from Latin valēre to be strong
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Word Origin and History for un-valiant
valiant
c.1300, from Anglo-Fr. and O.Fr. valliant "stalwart, brave," from prp. of valoir "be worthy," originally "be strong," from L. valere "be strong, be well, be worth, have power, be able," from PIE base *wal- "be strong" (cf. O.E. wealdan "to rule," O.H.G. -walt, -wald "power" (in personal names), O.N. valdr "ruler," O.C.S. vlasti "to rule over," Lith. valdyti "to have power," Celt. *walos- "ruler," O.Ir. flaith "dominion," Welsh gallu "to be able").
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