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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He was recognized for bravery as part of an investigative in 2014. CBS News, "2 FDNY firefighters among victims in Iraq helicopter crash," 16 Mar. 2018 Those deep purple chairs in the living room could win you a medal for bravery. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Mary McGee on Decorating a House in Shades of Purple," 17 Feb. 2015 Biden is unapologetic, telling reporters the essence of the story, about military bravery, loss and guilt, is true. CBS News, "Joe Biden unapologetic after reportedly mistelling military story," 30 Aug. 2019 Here are 50 images that depict love and pain—as well as bravery and resilience—across the world. Whitney Johnson, National Geographic, "50 best photos from 2019—so far," 2 July 2019 Mueller was shot in the thigh, awarded the Bronze Star for bravery, and inducted into the Army’s Ranger Hall of Fame in 2004. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "All the ways Robert Mueller was trashed by his fellow Republicans," 24 July 2019 The collection celebrates the numerous themes reflected in the film, such as bravery, empowerment, strength, wisdom, and friendship. James Love, Essence, "Pandora Creates A Limited-Edition Lion King Collection Upon The Release of The Film," 4 July 2019 And although the story is full of great risks and bravery, Slade and Gonzalez also make room for lighter moments, as when the astronauts listen to music from a floating cassette-tape player. Dallas News, "Books examine the courage and scientific know-how that propelled us to the moon," 1 July 2019 Get our daily newsletter Together these encapsulated why the Russian world remains so fascinating and essential a subject—the geographical and moral scale, the grotesque suffering and misrule, the bravery, the ideas and the impact on everybody else. A.d.m., The Economist, "The agony and the ecstasy of Russian culture," 14 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


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