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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
The signature bravado that came to define them—us—was already on display.
Behind all the bluster and bravado, Trump often ran on a platform that presented America as a business investment.
The speedy track is a standout on Deadstar, as Purpp's bravado gleams throughout the record.
Kennedy’s intellectual arrogance and Johnson’s cowboy bravado were two versions of the same typical American overconfidence.
All this sets up a prime chance for Mason to back up his summer bravado.
Almost without exception, the wines did that with bravado and verve.
Remember all the hype and Stanley Cup bravado a year ago?
This motley collection wields the same narrative bravado and acerbic sense of humor to peek at American history from unusual angles.
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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
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