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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
Crimson Tide fans should be the last ones to complain about Central Florida's bravado.
That same bravado the former private equity investor used to win his first public office was not in evidence Tuesday.
As for the Resistance, Poe Dameron and Finn have a tendency to confuse swashbuckling bravado for strategic decision making.
The question now is whether the president’s bravado will pay broader dividends -- or if his penchant for controversy and counter-punching will jeopardize a rare moment of political momentum.
Defiantly quipping bravado is a suit of armor for Arnold Beckoff, the show’s leading man (and occasional lady).
But underneath all that bravado, underneath that brotherly rivalry, there is a deep love and respect shared between the two brothers.
Armed with bravado and grit, 21-year-old Lud Foe is quickly bursting onto the hip-hop scene with his explosive raps.
The workplace culture is primed with bravado, social drinking and drug use, said Eric Goplerud, a researcher who studies public health and substance abuse at the nonpartisan research organization NORC, at the University of Chicago.
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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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