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[kur-ij, kuhr-]
  1. the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
  2. Obsolete. the heart as the source of emotion.
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  1. have the courage of one's convictions, to act in accordance with one's beliefs, especially in spite of criticism.
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Origin of courage

1250–1300; Middle English corage < Old French, equivalent to cuer heart (< Latin cor; see heart) + -age -age

Synonyms for courage

Synonym study

1. Courage, bravery, valor, bravado refer to qualities of spirit and conduct. Courage permits one to face extreme dangers and difficulties without fear: to take (or lose) courage. Bravery implies true courage with daring and an intrepid boldness: bravery in a battle. Valor implies heroic courage: valor in fighting for the right. Bravado is now usually a boastful and ostentatious pretense of courage or bravery: empty bravado.

Antonyms for courage

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Related Words for courages

fearlessness, spunk, grit, daring, endurance, tenacity, audacity, heroism, determination, firmness, prowess, valor, fortitude, spirit, bravery, gallantry, nerve, backbone, intrepidity, power

Examples from the Web for courages

Historical Examples of courages

  • Remember that victorie is not gotten with the multitudes of men, but with the courages of hearts, and valiantnesse of minds.

    Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland (3 of 6): England (6 of 9)

    Raphael Holinshed

  • This, added to all the rest, do lay us flat in our hopes and courages, every body prophesying destruction to the nation.

British Dictionary definitions for courages


  1. the power or quality of dealing with or facing danger, fear, pain, etc
  2. the courage of one's convictions the confidence to act in accordance with one's beliefs
  3. take one's courage in both hands to nerve oneself to perform an action
  4. obsolete mind; disposition; spirit
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Word Origin for courage

C13: from Old French corage, from cuer heart, from Latin cor
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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."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with courages


In addition to the idiom beginning with courage

  • courage of one's convictions, have the

also see:

  • Dutch courage
  • pluck up (one's courage)
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