- 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 courages
Remember that victorie is not gotten with the multitudes of men, but with the courages of hearts, and valiantnesse of minds.
This, added to all the rest, do lay us flat in our hopes and courages, every body prophesying destruction to the nation.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete
- 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 courages
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."
Idioms and Phrases with courages
In addition to the idiom beginning with courage
- courage of one's convictions, have the
- Dutch courage
- pluck up (one's courage)