It seems to me that he is playing the part of the valiant hero nearing his end.
It is a valiant, encyclopedic attempt of a star jurist to give voice(s) to an embattled philosophical position.
The savage beheading carried out by the thugs of the so-called Islamic State ended the life of brave man and a valiant journalist.
Afterward, Ebony went to the apartment where her mother had made such a valiant stand.
I thought he gave it a valiant try, but it still left me yearning for an adjective that could best "tomato-ey."
Their vessel by the river / they left without a guard, As thus the valiant heroes / rode undaunted castleward.
I have seen them fight too often not to know that they are very hardy and valiant gentlemen.
In course of time the valiant Swedes were obliged to give way before their enemy.
But they are simple-hearted and valiant servants of their Master.
Of course the new comers were fully armed, but, nothing daunted, the valiant Shawanoe assailed them.
early 14c. (late 12c. in surnames), from Anglo-French and Old French valliant "stalwart, brave," from present participle of valoir "be worthy," originally "be strong," from Latin valere "be strong, be well, be worth, have power, be able," from PIE root *wal- "be strong" (cf. Old English wealdan "to rule," Old High German -walt, -wald "power" (in personal names), Old Norse valdr "ruler," Old Church Slavonic vlasti "to rule over," Lithuanian valdyti "to have power," Celtic *walos- "ruler," Old Irish flaith "dominion," Welsh gallu "to be able"). Related: Valiantly.