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Examples of bravado in a Sentence
His stories are always told with bravado.
I remember his youthful bravado.
Recent Examples of bravado from the Web
Essentially a pas de deux set to one of Igor Stravinsky’s rarely heard scores, the work demands youthful bravado and superior technique, both of which Squires and Amanda Farrow supplied in abundance.
Hickey wants to know what life would be like if stripped of male bravado and self-deception.
In stark contrast to the present day, where has that enthusiasm and bravado gone?
Salterini says contemporary dance is the bringing together the formalism and bravado of ballet, the earthiness of modern dance and the rhythms and syncopation of jazz dance.
With a large video screen behind him and strobes of light beaming all around, KRIT took to the stage with a confident attitude determined to provide fireworks and bravado during his set.
After all, a video of a lawmaker aggressively scolding the Facebook chief would do very well on Facebook itself, and the activist base in both political camps tends to reward bravado over measured discourse.
This was not the first time Biden has used some brio and bravado to talk about Trump.
Bat Fangs, with guitarist Betsy Wright crushing glam riffs over Laura King’s furious drumming, brought an element of showmanship and bravado to an indie-rock scene severely lacking in both qualities.
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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.
BRAVADO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bravado for English Language Learners
: confident or brave talk or behavior that is intended to impress other people
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