- a pretentious, swaggering display of courage.
Origin of bravado
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brag, bluster, bombast, braggadocio.
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Examples from the Web for bravado
Even the legendary 1980s televisions show Dallas is back on the air, selling its twenty-first century brand of Texas bravado.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
Picasso, with his polka-dot shirt and clashing tie attempted an air of bravado, but lost confidence by the minute.Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa?
October 23, 2014
Zaharchenko on Friday night projected defiance rather than bravado, no doubt buoyed by the Moscow-sent materiel and fighters.Ukraine Rebels Boast About Troops and Tanks Coming from Russia
August 16, 2014
It perfectly illustrates the combination of bravado, real toughness, and a kind of lost-little-boy appeal that he has with women.The Stacks: Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself: Robert Mitchum
July 19, 2014
They have a great sense of performance, bravado, and audacity.The Great Character Actor: Guy Pearce on His Brilliant Career, From ‘Priscilla’ to ‘The Rover’
May 23, 2014
My tone was purposed insolence; I met his look with bravado.The Bacillus of Beauty
There was something in the man's tone of bravado that stamped it genuine.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
His eyes fell, his bravado vanished, he fumbled with the cutlery.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
The last fragment of self-respect, of bravado even, was in tatters.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
When he saw Mathieu come in he believed in some act of bravado, and almost choked.Fruitfulness
- vaunted display of courage or self-confidence; swagger
C16: from Spanish bravada (modern bravata), from Old Italian bravare to challenge, provoke, from bravo wild, brave
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Word Origin and History for bravado
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