bravery

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noun brav·ery \ˈbrāv-rē, ˈbrā-və-\

Definition of bravery

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braveries

  1. 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

  2. 2a :  fine clothes wearing their Sunday braveryb :  showy display the streets strewed with flowers and full of pageantry, banners, and bravery — John Evelyn

Examples of bravery in a Sentence

  1. He received a medal for bravery.

  2. children in their Sunday bravery

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Origin and Etymology of bravery

borrowed from Medieval French braverie “bravado, challenge, audacity,” from braver “to challenge, flout, 2brave” + -erie -ery


First Known Use: 1548


BRAVERY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of bravery for English Language Learners

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


BRAVERY Defined for Kids

bravery

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noun brav·ery \ˈbrā-və-rē, ˈbrāv-rē\

Definition of bravery for Students

  1. :  courage



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