brav·ery | \ˈbrāv-rē, 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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In an extraordinary act of bravery, 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama swiftly climbed four stories up the facade of an apartment complex in the French capital, grabbed the dangling child and lifted him to safety. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "For migrants, it takes extraordinary acts to earn normal lives," 31 May 2018 For anyone questioning if bravery is too grand a word, imagine competing in a baking contest and handing three accomplished pastry chefs who had just judged souffles a plate of Rice Krispies treats. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "An artful display of permanent regrets," 6 June 2018 Belleau Wood, where Marines helped Allied Forces secure victory, also helped to establish the prestige and reputation for bravery of the Marine Corps overseas. Philippe Sotto, The Seattle Times, "U.S. Marines’ bravery celebrated 100 years after French battle," 28 May 2018 Remember, Aries, honesty requires bravery, but your spirit is defined by courage. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What March's Aries Horoscope Means for You," 28 Feb. 2018 In the case of Rob Porter, two women had this bravery — only for the president of the United States to give sympathy to their abuser. Katherine Timpf, National Review, "The White House Response to Rob Porter’s Resignation Is Sickening," 12 Feb. 2018 In this instance of heroism, lives were saved because of the quick action and bravery of these outstanding officers. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Braselton honors police with lifesaving awards," 3 July 2018 In a statement, the prime minister paid tribute to the bravery of first responders and others, including Ignacio Echeverria, a Spanish man who tackled the attackers with his skateboard and was killed. Jill Lawless, USA TODAY, "1 year after carnage on London bridge, victims' families and survivors pay tribute," 3 June 2018 The bravery of survivors since the shooting has demonstrated how much heart was walking the halls of Sante Fe High School that day. Ashley Belanger, Teen Vogue, "Student Survivors Describe the Santa Fe High School Shooting," 22 May 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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