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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
However, that technical bravado can turn F1 into a battle of specs sheets, which can turn away viewers who aren't hardcore.
The opening bravado, which contrasted with the more accommodating tone of his Canadian and Mexican counterparts, may scuttle the chances of reaching a deal before elections in Mexico and the U.S. next year.
Previous U.S. administrations had brushed this off as politicized bravado meant to distract from Venezuela's domestic problems.
But for all of Silling’s bravado and bling, the real sweetener at Waldhaus Flims is the 3,000-square-meter spa that works to a degree others in the Alps don’t.
To sit with the wisdom of our experience, enjoying the bravado of naivete at a comfortable remove?
That resolve would be tested when Jackson grew into one of the best high school prospects in the country, a designation that begs for bravado.
Sometimes a coach with much to prove will stand up for his team, and his confidence will come across as false bravado.
An abstract fear of having my movement restricted was coming into focus, as Trump’s campaign bravado became a reality.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of bravado
First Known Use: circa 1580See Words from the same year
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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