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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Despite a climate of hysteria, and despite the treatment of ethnic Japanese in Hawaii as second class in some respects, Japanese-American soldiers from Hawaii performed tremendous acts of bravery in wartime. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "Kazuo Yamane’s WWII story shows the lengths to which some must go to prove their loyalty to America," 11 Nov. 2018 Her upcoming show, Lions and Leopards, showcases the confluence of beauty and bravery in these magnificent creatures and is dedicated to veterans for this reason. Courant Community, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 8 May 2018 Though Swifties took the comment as an attack at the pop star, Taylor herself defended Kiyoko's bravery in speaking up. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hayley Kiyoko: "I Love Loving Girls, and I Love Myself"," 2 Apr. 2018 Just a spoonful of bravery helps the movie magic happen. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "This 'Mary Poppins Returns' Behind-the-Scenes Secret Has Everyone Freaking Out," 15 Jan. 2019 His wife and children salute his bravery in the face of medical adversity. Hartford Courant,, "Gary Edward Yeaw," 8 July 2018 But in the tradition of artistic creativity, where advance only comes with the risk of failure, Bochco showed impressive bravery. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Remembering Steven Bochco, TV producer behind 'Hill Street,' 'L.A. Law,' 'NYPD Blue'," 2 Apr. 2018 But as any cross-country runner can tell you, facing up to challenges can be invigorating, putting you in touch with your Saturnian endurance and Martian bravery., "Your Horoscope This Week," 25 Mar. 2018 Photo courtesy of Bill Santos With bravery to match her free spirit, Osumare let dance be her ticket to adventure. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "From dance revolutionary to hip-hop prof, she stayed in step with the times | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Mar. 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


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

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