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Saturday, September 14, 2002

Definitions for bravado

  1. A real or pretended show of courage or boldness.

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Citations for bravado
While the popular mood in Belgrade remains defiant, unease beneath the bravado is growing. , The Economist
His guerrilla operations, near Kabul, were known for their bravado and a level of organization unusual among the rather haphazard mujahedeen. Lisa Schiffren, The Weekly Standard
Origin of bravado
1575-1585
Bravado derives from Spanish bravada and French bravade, "swagger, bravery," and is related to brave, "bold, courageous," bravura, "a brilliant style or performance," and the Italian interjections bravo! and brava! used when expressing approval of male and female performers respectively.