courageous

adjective cou·ra·geous \ kə-ˈrā-jəs \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of courageous

: having or characterized by courage : brave
  • a courageous soldier
  • a courageous decision

courageously

adverb

courageousness

noun

Examples of courageous in a Sentence

  1. She was a courageous woman who wasn't afraid to support unpopular causes.

  2. the courageous decision to quit rather than obey an illegal order

Recent Examples of courageous from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of courageous

courageous Synonyms

Synonyms
bold, brave, dauntless, doughty, fearless, gallant, greathearted, gutsy, gutty, heroic (also heroical), intrepid, lionhearted, manful, stalwart, stout, stouthearted, undauntable, undaunted, valiant, valorous
Antonyms
chicken, chickenhearted, chicken-livered, coward, cowardly, craven, dastardly, fainthearted, fearful, gutless, lily-livered, milk-livered [archaic], nerveless, poltroon, poor-spirited, pusillanimous, spineless, spiritless, timorous, uncourageous, ungallant, unheroic, weakhearted, yellow
Related Words
determined, firm, game, gamy (or gamey), gritty, plucky, resolute, Spartan, undeterred, undismayed, unflinching, unswerving; mettlesome, spirited, spunky; adventuresome, adventurous, audacious, daring, dashing, hardy, venturesome, venturous; crazy, foolish, half-witted, insane, lunatic, mad, nutty; brash, brazen, daredevil, foolhardy, heedless, hotheaded, impetuous, imprudent, impulsive, incautious, madcap, overbold, overconfident, rash, reckless, thoughtless, wild; hasty, headlong, precipitate; comforted, emboldened, encouraged, heartened, reassured, unafraid
Near Antonyms
diffident, mousy (or mousey), scary, shy, skittish, timid; anxious, apprehensive, nervous; careful, cautious, heedful, prudent, unadventurous; afraid, agitated, disconcerted, disquieted, disturbed, frightened, horrified, panicked, panic-stricken, perturbed, scared, shocked, spooked, startled, terrified, terrorized, unnerved, upset; appalled, concerned, dismayed, worried; unmanly, weak, wimpy

COURAGEOUS Defined for English Language Learners

courageous

adjective

Definition of courageous for English Language Learners

  • : very brave : having or showing courage


COURAGEOUS Defined for Kids

courageous

adjective cou·ra·geous \ kə-ˈrā-jəs \

Definition of courageous for Students

: having or showing the ability to meet danger and difficulties with firmness

courageously

adverb


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