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courage

[kur-ij, kuhr-]
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noun
  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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Idioms
  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

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1. fearlessness, dauntlessness, intrepidity, pluck, spirit.

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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.

Antonyms

1. cowardice.
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British Dictionary definitions for have the courage of one's convictions

courage

noun
  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

C13: from Old French corage, from cuer heart, from Latin cor
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Word Origin and History for have the courage of one's convictions

courage

n.

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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Idioms and Phrases with have the courage of one's convictions

have the courage of one's convictions

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courage

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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