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[bruh-vah-doh] /brəˈvɑ doʊ/
noun, plural bravadoes, bravados.
a pretentious, swaggering display of courage.
Origin of bravado
1575-85; < Spanish bravada (now bravata < It), equivalent to brav(o) brave + -ada -ade1
Related forms
overbravado, noun
Can be confused
bravery, bravado, bravura.
brag, bluster, bombast, braggadocio.
Synonym Study
See courage. Unabridged
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  • My tone was purposed insolence; I met his look with bravado.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • 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.

  • When he saw Mathieu come in he believed in some act of bravado, and almost choked.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for bravado


noun (pl) -does, -dos
vaunted display of courage or self-confidence; swagger
Word Origin
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

1580s, from French bravade "bragging, boasting," from Italian bravata "bragging, boasting" (16c.), from bravare "brag, boast, be defiant," from bravo (see brave (adj.)). The English word was influenced in form by Spanish words ending in -ado.

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