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
Recent Examples on the Web Rosamond and the others have been hailed for their bravery. Elizabeth Roberts, USA TODAY, "How a dramatic helicopter rescue from the blazing Creek Fire unfolded in California," 11 Sep. 2020 Lauded globally for his bravery, Mr. Rusesabagina received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2005. Abdi Latif Dahir, New York Times, "Rwanda Hints It Tricked ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Dissident Into Coming Home," 6 Sep. 2020 Their courage and passion are inspiring, and whether racists want to acknowledge it or not, the state and the country are better for their bravery and leadership. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Players harness power of Alabama football in historic march," 1 Sep. 2020 Thank you so much for your bravery, compassion and work ethic. Star Tribune, "Read "thank you" messages to Minnesotan scientists and researchers written by you.," 28 Aug. 2020 A year later, he was honored for his bravery with the department's medal of valor. Fox News, "Body of Detroit firefighter who tried to save girls from drowning recovered from river," 23 Aug. 2020 Despite all his bravery and courage he was caught and hanged on September 22, 1776 at the young age of 21., "My favorite Connecticut patriot," 20 Aug. 2020 Buying jeans has always come with a side of heart-racing terror for me, a holdover from when my body didn’t fit into most of them — as a teen, the very act of entering a denim store was an exercise in bravery and, inevitably, humiliation. Carley Fortune,, "That’s It, I’m Never Wearing Jeans Again! (Who’s With Me?)," 10 Aug. 2020 The Perseids are so named after the hero of Greek mythology, Perseus, who was given a place in the stars for his bravery defeating monsters. Courtney Sexton, Smithsonian Magazine, "Perseid Meteor Shower Reaches Peak Starting Tonight," 10 Aug. 2020

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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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13 Sep 2020

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“Bravery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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