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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These stories about the courage of children and teens suggest that bravery and heroism are innate qualities of youth. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "The New Season of “Stranger Things” Shows the Limits of Kids Saving the World," 9 July 2019 Her bravery was an inspiration and her positive attitude was relentless. Charlotte Carroll,, "Minneapolis Mayor Announces June 12th as Gabe Grunewald Day," 13 June 2019 This week, the pilots were awarded U.S. Air Medals for bravery. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Swedish Pilots Win Medals for Top Secret 1987 SR-71 Incident," 29 Nov. 2018 He was shot at Verdun and received France’s highest decoration for bravery. Konstantin Kakaes, WSJ, "‘Army of None’ Review: Robots at the Front," 26 June 2018 Davidson, a second-generation firefighter, had been cited four times for bravery during 15 years on the job. Colleen Long And Jennifer Peltz,, "NYC firefighter dies battling blaze on Edward Norton, Bruce Willis movie set," 23 Mar. 2018 Joaquín de Arredondo, Santa Anna served with distinction in Texas against the Gutiérrez-Magee expedition in 1813 and was cited for bravery during the Battle of Medina. Robert Kolarik, San Antonio Express-News, "Gonzales Rangers enter the Alamo," 28 Feb. 2018 Those micro-acts of bravery changed the conversation. Rex Huppke,, "Column: ‘We really owe her.’ 10 years after Iowa same-sex marriage ruling, Chicago lawyer carries on the fight.," 27 June 2019 There are astonishing acts of bravery: The officers who stormed into the Virginia Beach municipal building earlier this month, finding the shooter and preventing more carnage., "He’ll go down in history as a coward, but is he a criminal?," 16 June 2019

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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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