- the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
- Obsolete. the heart as the source of emotion.
- have the courage of one's convictions, to act in accordance with one's beliefs, especially in spite of criticism.
Origin of courage
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Examples from the Web for courage
My wife was talking to her on the phone, and I just kinda found the courage to ask her.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll
January 2, 2015
The courage of this husband and father is a constant reminder of how much some sacrifice for exercising universal rights.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
Absolutely: “Courage I would rank now in the hierarchy of art and love.”Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness
Ronald K. Fried
December 14, 2014
There is the will of the people; the resolve of the political class; the courage of the media; and the authority of the courts.The U.S. Will Torture Again—and We’re All to Blame
December 12, 2014
Courage, one recalls, is not the absence of fear but the ability to act in the face of it.The Straight Hero of Cameroon’s Gays
December 10, 2014
"I marvelled at your courage in talking to her as you did," said Eudora.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
A courage, moreover —the gambler's courage—that is typically American.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
There are not many boys, or men, I think, that would have had the courage to act as you did.Brave and Bold
Then you will understand, and understanding, you will admire his courage.
A pioneer is a brave fellow, with the courage of his own curiosity.
- the power or quality of dealing with or facing danger, fear, pain, etc
- the courage of one's convictions the confidence to act in accordance with one's beliefs
- take one's courage in both hands to nerve oneself to perform an action
- obsolete mind; disposition; spirit
Word Origin and History for courage
c.1300, from Old French corage (12c., Modern French courage) "heart, innermost feelings; temper," from Vulgar Latin *coraticum (source of Italian coraggio, Spanish coraje), from Latin cor "heart" (see heart) which remains a common metaphor for inner strength.
In Middle English, used broadly for "what is in one's mind or thoughts," hence "bravery," but also "wrath, pride, confidence, lustiness," or any sort of inclination. Replaced Old English ellen, which also meant "zeal, strength."