[ kur-ij, kuhr- ]
/ ˈkɜr ɪdʒ, ˈkʌr- /
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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.
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Idioms about courage
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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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.
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How to use courage in a sentence
Such a schoolemaister is imprisonment, & plucker downe of loftie courages.Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland (2 of 6): England (6 of 12)|Raphael Holinshed
C'est dans les grands dangers qu'on voit les grands courages—It is amid great perils we see brave hearts.
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|Samuel Pepys
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
British Dictionary definitions for courage
/ (ˈkʌrɪdʒ) /
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 for courage
C13: from Old French corage, from cuer heart, from Latin cor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with courage
In addition to the idiom beginning with courage
- courage of one's convictions, have the
- Dutch courage
- pluck up (one's courage)
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