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  1. boldness or determination in facing great danger, especially in battle; heroic courage; bravery: a medal for valor.
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Also especially British, val·our.

Origin of valor

1350–1400; Middle English valo(u)r < Anglo-French; Middle French valeur < Late Latin valōr-, stem of valor worth, equivalent to Latin val(ēre) to be of worth + -or -or1

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See courage.

Antonyms for valor

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Related Words for valor

prowess, fearlessness, boldness, gallantry, derring-do, grit, heroism, courage, determination, firmness, tenacity, fortitude, heart, spunk, valiancy, stomach, nerve, fight, guts, backbone

Examples from the Web for valor

Contemporary Examples of valor

Historical Examples of valor

  • Yet what can I say, for all men know that your valor needs the curb and not the spur.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Celerity, valor, endurance, they were his iridescent neck and tail feathers.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • He was the mightiest man of valor in that same day of this our life, stalwart and stately.



  • The ruler of Tripoli was abashed by this display of American energy and valor.

  • And valor—except of the imaginative brand—was not Issy's strong point.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

Word Origin and History for valor


c.1300, "value, worth," from Old French valour "strength, value, valor," from Late Latin valorem (nominative valor) "value, worth," from stem of Latin valere "be worth, be strong" (see valiant). The meaning "courage" is first recorded 1580s, from Italian valore, from the same Late Latin word. (The Middle English word also had a sense of "worth or worthiness in respect of manly qualities").

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with valor


see discretion is the better part of valor.

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