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[brey-vuh-ree, breyv-ree] /ˈbreɪ və ri, ˈbreɪv ri/
noun, plural braveries.
brave spirit or conduct; courage; valor.
showiness; splendor; magnificence.
Origin of bravery
1540-50; probably < Italian braveria, equivalent to brav(are) to brave + -eria -ery
Related forms
overbravery, noun
Can be confused
bravery, bravado, bravura.
1. intrepidity, fearlessness, boldness, daring, prowess, heroism, pluck, spirit, audacity, nerve, mettle, spunk.
1. cowardice.
Synonym Study
1. See courage. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I asked him what reward the Helots had for bravery or virtue.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The attention of the reader is directed to the bravery of this officer.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • This was bold, but there was little enough of bravery in my words.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • But he jumped out of bed, and after his ablutions he recovered all his bravery.

  • What delight it gave her to hear of the bravery of her poor boy!

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
Word Origin and History for bravery

1540s, "daring, defiance, boasting," from French braverie, from braver "to brave" (see brave) or else from cognate Italian braveria, from bravare.

No Man is an Atheist, however he pretend it and serve the Company with his Braveries. [Donne, 1631]
As a good quality, attested from 1580s. Meaning "fine clothes" is from 1560s and holds the older sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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