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courageous

[kuh-rey-juh s]
adjective
  1. possessing or characterized by courage; brave: a courageous speech against the dictator.
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Origin of courageous

1250–1300; Middle English corageous < Anglo-French curajous, Old French corageus, equivalent to corage courage + -eus -eous
Related formscou·ra·geous·ly, adverbcou·ra·geous·ness, nounun·cou·ra·geous, adjectiveun·cou·ra·geous·ly, adverbun·cou·ra·geous·ness, noun

Synonym study

See brave.
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Examples from the Web for uncourageous

Historical Examples

  • But what he said was this uncourageous and specious by-an-by.

    Every Man for Himself

    Norman Duncan

  • But—he eyed Pedro doubtfully, knowing his uncourageous bearing at the rodeo.

    Unexplored!

    Allen Chaffee


British Dictionary definitions for uncourageous

courageous

adjective
  1. possessing or expressing courage
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Derived Formscourageously, adverbcourageousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uncourageous

courageous

adj.

late 13c., from Anglo-French corageous, Old French corageus (12c., Modern French courageux), from corage (see courage). Related: Courageously; courageousness.

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