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brave

[breyv]
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adjective, brav·er, brav·est.
  1. possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance.
  2. making a fine appearance.
  3. Archaic. excellent; fine; admirable.
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noun
  1. a brave person.
  2. a warrior, especially among North American Indian tribes.
  3. Obsolete.
    1. a bully.
    2. a boast or challenge.
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verb (used with object), braved, brav·ing.
  1. to meet or face courageously: to brave misfortunes.
  2. to defy; challenge; dare.
  3. Obsolete. to make splendid.
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verb (used without object), braved, brav·ing.
  1. Obsolete. to boast; brag.
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Origin of brave

1475–85; < Middle French < Spanish bravo (> Italian) < Vulgar Latin *brabus for Latin barbarus barbarous
Related formsbrave·ly, adverbbrave·ness, nouno·ver·brave, adjectiveo·ver·brave·ly, adverbo·ver·brave·ness, nounqua·si-brave, adjectivequa·si-brave·ly, adverbsu·per·brave, adjectivesu·per·brave·ly, adverbsu·per·brave·ness, nounun·brave, adjectiveun·brave·ly, adverbun·brave·ness, nounun·braved, adjective

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1. bold, intrepid, daring, dauntless, heroic.

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1. Brave, courageous, valiant, fearless, gallant refer to confident bearing in the face of difficulties or dangers. Brave is the most comprehensive: it is especially used of that confident fortitude or daring that actively faces and endures anything threatening. Courageous implies a higher or nobler kind of bravery, especially as resulting from an inborn quality of mind or spirit that faces or endures perils or difficulties without fear and even with enthusiasm. Valiant implies a correspondence between an inner courageousness and external deeds, particularly of physical strength or endurance. Fearless implies unflinching spirit and coolness in the face of danger. Gallant implies a chivalrous, impetuous, or dashing bravery.

Antonyms

1. cowardly.
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Examples from the Web for bravest

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  • I little thought to find him among the bravest of my own chosen chieftains.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • It was, indeed, a task which might make the heart of the bravest sink within him.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • After a while he would have at the castle a company of the bravest heroes of the earth.

  • Yes, Siegfried will be the bravest hero the world has ever known.

  • If the Lenape are so skillful, why is one of their bravest warriors here?

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for bravest

brave

adjective
    1. having or displaying courage, resolution, or daring; not cowardly or timid
    2. (as collective noun preceded by the)the brave
  1. fine; splendida brave sight; a brave attempt
  2. archaic excellent or admirable
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noun
  1. a warrior of a Native American tribe
  2. an obsolete word for bully 1
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verb (tr)
  1. to dare or defyto brave the odds
  2. to confront with resolution or courageto brave the storm
  3. obsolete to make splendid, esp in dress
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Derived Formsbravely, adverbbraveness, nounbravery, noun

Word Origin

C15: from French, from Italian bravo courageous, wild, perhaps ultimately from Latin barbarus barbarous
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Word Origin and History for bravest

brave

adj.

late 15c., from Middle French brave, "splendid, valiant," from Italian bravo "brave, bold," originally "wild, savage," possibly from Medieval Latin bravus "cutthroat, villain," from Latin pravus "crooked, depraved;" a less likely etymology being from Latin barbarus (see barbarous). A Celtic origin (Irish breagh, Cornish bray) also has been suggested.

Old English words for this, some with overtones of "rashness," included modig (now "moody"), beald ("bold"), cene ("keen"), dyrstig ("daring"). Brave new world is from the title of Aldous Huxley's 1932 satirical utopian novel; he lifted the phrase from Shakespeare ("Tempest" v.i.183).

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brave

v.

"to face with bravery," 1776, from French braver, from brave (see brave (adj.)). Related: Braved; braving.

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brave

n.

"North American Indian warrior," c.1600, from brave (adj.), and cf. bravo.

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