brav·​ery | \ ˈbrāv-rē How to pronounce bravery (audio) , ˈbrā-və-\
plural braveries

Definition of bravery

1 : the quality or state of having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty : the quality or state of being brave : courage showing bravery under fire
2a : fine clothes wearing their Sunday bravery
b : showy display the streets strewed with flowers and full of pageantry, banners, and bravery— John Evelyn

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Examples of bravery in a Sentence

He received a medal for bravery. children in their Sunday bravery

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Amid the heartbreak resulting from recent school shootings comes news of exceptional bravery displayed by students. James Freeman, WSJ, "The Brave Young Men of Highlands Ranch and Charlotte," 8 May 2019 He was decorated for bravery with France’s National Order of the Legion of Honor. Seattle Times Staff & News Services, The Seattle Times, "This week’s passages," 29 Mar. 2019 Greengrass’s answer lies in the simple bravery of Viljar, a wounded teenager played masterfully by Jonas Strand Gravli. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Paul Greengrass’s New Netflix Film, 22 July, Is Excruciating and Essential," 10 Oct. 2018 For nearly 20 years, Reiko Nagumo has been a fixture at the California Museum, telling visiting students about the bravery of her childhood friend, Mary Frances White. Stephen Magagnini, sacbee, "Long-lost childhood friends reunited more than 70 years after WWII tore them apart | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Jan. 2018 But Herrera’s valiance and skills as one of the Mexican Revolution’s most successful soldaderas are an example of the bravery and sacrifices women during this time made to change the history of Mexico’s politics — and should not be forgotten. Teen Vogue, "Mexican Revolutionary Petra Herrera Posed as a Man to Fight for Her Country," 1 Apr. 2019 But both of us have seen how political leadership, funding, innovation and individual acts of bravery and compassion can change the world. Marissa G. Muller, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Wrote a Powerful Essay About Mental Health Awareness," 10 Oct. 2018 But both of us have seen how political leadership, funding, innovation and individual acts of bravery and compassion can change the world. Marissa G. Muller, Allure, "Lady Gaga Wrote an Emotional Op-Ed on Suicide and Mental Health," 10 Oct. 2018 But many people who worked in Washington, D.C., at the time, credit the bravery and the patriotism of those flight passengers and the crew with saving so many lives. Fox News, "Nation marks 17 years since attacks of Sept. 11," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of bravery

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bravery

borrowed from Middle French braverie "bravado, challenge, audacity," from braver "to challenge, flout, brave entry 2" + -erie -ery

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English Language Learners Definition of bravery

: the quality that allows someone to do things that are dangerous or frightening : the quality or state of being brave


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