cou·​ra·​geous | \ kə-ˈrā-jəs \

Definition of courageous 

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

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Other Words from courageous

courageously adverb
courageousness noun

Examples of courageous in a Sentence

She was a courageous woman who wasn't afraid to support unpopular causes. the courageous decision to quit rather than obey an illegal order

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The stories of these courageous women should be part of every curriculum. Smithsonian, "Readers Discuss Our June 2018 Issue," 28 June 2018 To grow courage in our kids, parents have to be courageous! Eva Dwight, USA TODAY, "The surprising reason your kid is acting defiant and difficult," 13 May 2018 And rave to all courageous journalists who risk or give their lives in the name of freedom of speech, free press and democracy. Seattle Times Readers, The Seattle Times, "Rant & Rave: Time magazine Person of the Year," 12 Dec. 2018 In a short video, Ford acknowledges how Denhollander's courageous first step toward justice encouraged many women to follow suit. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Christine Blasey Ford Supports Another Sexual Assault Survivor In Her First Public Statement Since Kavanaugh Hearing," 12 Dec. 2018 The name Arthur means noble and courageous, according to Babble, perhaps due to the legend of the ancient British king of the same name. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton's Son's Name Was Reportedly Revealed and It Sounds So Royal," 12 Nov. 2018 And Nick and some of the men don’t really recognize these courageous acts. Jen Ortiz, Marie Claire, "Constance Wu Isn't Here for Hollywood's Tokenism," 10 Aug. 2018 The letter goes on: There has long been a traditional narrative of blaming, vilifying and martyring courageous women. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Celebrities Pen Powerful Open Letter Defending Asia Argento Against Misogynist Trolls," 13 July 2018 Renowned astronomer Galileo Galilei has been lauded for centuries for his courageous principled stance against the Catholic Church. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Newly discovered letter by Galileo resolves puzzling historical mystery," 22 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of courageous

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for courageous

Middle English corageous, borrowed from Anglo-French corajus, from corage courage + -us, -ous -ous

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English Language Learners Definition of courageous

: very brave : having or showing courage


cou·​ra·​geous | \ kə-ˈrā-jəs \

Kids Definition of courageous

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

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