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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Superhero films hold a particular placement in the industry’s firmament, with regard to their flagrant regurgitation of anemic bravery on the silver screen. Jason Parham, WIRED, "The Ryan Coogler Effect: What Black Panther's Success Means for Black Directors," 23 Mar. 2018 Now management seems to be in need of some bravery to defend the company’s long-term interests against a small band of employees who feel entitled to substitute their political hobby horses for their employer’s business priorities. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Google Confronts Its Bolsheviks," 13 Nov. 2018 Through the journey of The Missing, J.J. finds power in her experience of this suffering — hate and rage and bravery. Julie Muncy, The Verge, "This queer horror game forces you to literally tear yourself apart," 8 Nov. 2018 Remember, Libra darling, our horizons always extend past our vantage point and bravery is an important part of progress. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What September's Libra Horoscope Means for You," 30 Aug. 2018 Harris and Challen, both 53-year-old experienced cave divers, had displayed conspicuous bravery in the successful cave rescue mission, their citations said. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "9 Australians awarded bravery medals for Thai cave rescue," 24 July 2018 And yet somehow house hunting in Cuba took even more bravery. Paula Mclain, Town & Country, "The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase," 12 July 2018 In a time when violent attacks on Jews seem a chillingly inevitable consequence of the rise of anti-Semitic discourse in the United States, the Post-Gazette’s front page stands out not just for its compassion, but for its bravery. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette honors the Tree of Life fallen with a traditional Jewish prayer," 2 Nov. 2018 Daniels should be applauded for his courage and bravery in telling his story. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' Ken Daniels forms partnership to fight opioid crisis," 26 June 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, ˈbrāv-rē\

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