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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
Synonym Study
See brave.
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  • She loomed large, potential, courageous, a woman who held life in her hands.

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  • Under fire you said a most courageous, womanly, creditable thing.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Obliging and courageous as Habert himself was, this made him indignant.

  • One of the most cheerful and courageous, because one of the most hopeful of workers, was Carey, the missionary.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • She was so loyal, so courageous in her beliefs, such a great little sportswoman.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
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.

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