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bravado

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noun bra·va·do \brə-ˈvä-(ˌ)dō\

Simple Definition of bravado

  • : confident or brave talk or behavior that is intended to impress other people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bravado

plural bravadoes or bravados

  1. 1 a :  blustering swaggering conduct b :  a pretense of bravery

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being foolhardy

Examples of bravado in a sentence

  1. His stories are always told with bravado.

  2. I remember his youthful bravado.



Did You Know?

Bravado ultimately traces to the Old Italian adjective bravo, meaning "courageous" or "wild." Nowadays, the wildness once associated with bravado has been tamed to an overbearing boldness that comes from arrogance or a position of power. Celebrities, political or corporate giants, and the schoolyard bully may all show bravado (though they often turn out to be not so tough after all). Bravado is also used for show-offish, daring acts that seem reckless and inconsistent with good sense, but might, nonetheless, be applauded with shouts of Bravo! when successful. The spectacular feats of stuntmen come to mind, for example.

Origin of bravado

Middle French bravade & Old Spanish bravata, from Old Italian bravata, from bravare to challenge, show off, from bravo


First Known Use: circa 1580


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