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bravado

[ bruh-vah-doh ]
/ brəˈvɑ doʊ /
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noun, plural bra·va·does, bra·va·dos.

a pretentious, swaggering display of courage.

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Origin of bravado

First recorded in 1575–85; from Spanish bravada (now bravata, from Italian ), equivalent to brav(o)“brave” + -ada noun suffix; see origin at brave, -ade1

synonym study for bravado

See courage.

OTHER WORDS FROM bravado

o·ver·bra·va·do, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bravado

bravery, bravado , bravura
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British Dictionary definitions for bravado

bravado
/ (brəˈvɑːdəʊ) /

noun plural -does or -dos

vaunted display of courage or self-confidence; swagger

Word Origin for bravado

C16: from Spanish bravada (modern bravata), from Old Italian bravare to challenge, provoke, from bravo wild, brave
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