courage

noun
cour·​age | \ ˈkər-ij How to pronounce courage (audio) , ˈkə-rij\

Definition of courage

: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty

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courage, mettle, spirit, resolution, tenacity mean mental or moral strength to resist opposition, danger, or hardship. courage implies firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty. the courage to support unpopular causes mettle suggests an ingrained capacity for meeting strain or difficulty with fortitude and resilience. a challenge that will test your mettle spirit also suggests a quality of temperament enabling one to hold one's own or keep up one's morale when opposed or threatened. her spirit was unbroken by failure resolution stresses firm determination to achieve one's ends. the resolution of pioneer women tenacity adds to resolution implications of stubborn persistence and unwillingness to admit defeat. held to their beliefs with great tenacity

Examples of courage in a Sentence

Eunice Kennedy Shriver … didn't buy into the propaganda of her day that women had to be soft and submissive. That took courage back then, because she grew up in a family that expected a lot from the boys and very little from the girls. — Maria Shriver, Time, 26 Oct. 2009 Sometimes when I debate whether to risk my individuality or conform, the memory of my son's picture brings me courage. — Sue Monk Kidd, Reader's Digest, August 1990 But as long as your courage holds out you may as well go right ahead making a fool of yourself. All brave men are fools. — Robert Frost 17 Apr. 1915, in Selected Letters of Robert Frost1964 She has the courage to support unpopular causes. It takes courage to stand up for your rights.
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Recent Examples on the Web

His courage of conviction, wisdom, and sense of humor made even political foes friends, and helped Oakland County to become one of our nation’s best places to live. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan is remembering Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson," 3 Aug. 2019 This store is dedicated to people united by their courage to serve our country. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "New Aberdeen Starbucks emphasizes local connection with military," 31 July 2019 Part of the appeal of Veronica's character was always her indomitable courage and moxie in the face of horrible circumstances. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "No marshmallows here: Veronica Mars season 4 pulls no punches," 31 July 2019 Reviewing your progress points out your capabilities, your courage and creates a sense of calm. Steve Booren, The Denver Post, "Improving investor behavior: Strengthen your financial superpowers," 21 July 2019 The tennis ecosystem owes him a debt of gratitude for his courage and whistleblowing. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "50 Parting Thoughts From Wimbledon 2019," 14 July 2019 What’s been missing is courage in Washington to take on the giant (companies that have powerful government lobbyists). oregonlive.com, "First 2020 Democratic debate: Elizabeth Warren won, and a couple of underdogs may have saved their campaigns," 26 June 2019 Like all human gifts, courage comes to us at varying levels and at varying moments. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Time’s 2018 Person of the Year is Jamal Khashoggi and other “Guardians” of the truth," 11 Dec. 2018 Leo’s courage is often a direct result of difficult circumstances, and over the past two years, there have been plenty of tough times. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Leo Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018

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First Known Use of courage

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for courage

Middle English corage, from Anglo-French curage, from quer, coer heart, from Latin cor — more at heart

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More Definitions for courage

courage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of courage

: the ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous

courage

noun
cour·​age | \ ˈkər-ij How to pronounce courage (audio) \

Kids Definition of courage

: the ability to meet danger and difficulties with firmness

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