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courageous

[kuh-rey-juh s] /kəˈreɪ dʒəs/
adjective
1.
possessing or characterized by courage; brave:
a courageous speech against the dictator.
Origin of courageous
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English corageous < Anglo-French curajous, Old French corageus, equivalent to corage courage + -eus -eous
Related forms
courageously, adverb
courageousness, noun
uncourageous, adjective
uncourageously, adverb
uncourageousness, noun
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  • Still, with his courage he displayed caution, the caution that only a courageous man would dare to display.

  • You're supposed to be suspicious, cynical, courageous, and completely trustworthy.

    Attrition Jim Wannamaker
  • He was not courageous, nor did he love warfare, and he paid little attention to the business of the state.

  • Being resolute and courageous by nature, she had no fear of personal consequences.

    Hope and Have Oliver Optic
  • Nebuchadnezzar, admiring the courageous resistance of the Jews, agrees to spare their lives if they open their gates.

    The Forerunners Romain Rolland
British Dictionary definitions for courageous

courageous

/kəˈreɪdʒəs/
adjective
1.
possessing or expressing courage
Derived Forms
courageously, adverb
courageousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for courageous
adj.

late 13c., from Anglo-French corageous, Old French corageus (12c., Modern French courageux), from corage (see courage). Related: Courageously; courageousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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