cou·​ra·​geous | \ kə-ˈrā-jəs How to pronounce courageous (audio) \

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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For a bored person fearing psychic annihilation on Instagram, jumping into a deal with an Instagram vendor can even feel a touch courageous. Collier Meyerson, WIRED, "Instagram Is Sweet and Sort of Boring—but the Ads!," 24 June 2019 John Taylor Willett JT, our beloved husband and daddy, lost his courageous battle with cancer on June 4, 2019., "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/9," 9 June 2019 Just the fact that Pete is running, that’s a courageous step — that’s for president. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: The inside scoop on first gentleman Marlon Reis, reinsurance program moves forward, and who is the most electable in the 2020 Senate race?," 13 June 2019 Please say thank you to the courageous @jessicabiel for a busy and productive day at the California State House. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Jessica Biel defends lobbying in Sacramento against vaccination legislation; critics say she ‘wants to bring measles back’," 13 June 2019 Memorial Day commemorates courageous soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty — all in the name of freedom. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Are Banks Open on Memorial Day? Check to See if Your Local Branch Will Stay Open," 9 May 2019 Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Read the full transcript of Trump’s North Korea summit press conference," 12 June 2018 Bright red, hands down, tends to give people the energy to be more courageous and really get behind their ambitions more than any other color. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Will Blue Make You Psychic? Can Yellow Detox Your Mind? A Color Therapist Weighs in on Fall 2019’s Color Trends," 4 Apr. 2019 Being courageous enough to acknowledge it privately with my family and friends. Cortney Pellettieri, Good Housekeeping, ""It's Time for a Change"," 4 Sep. 2012

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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 How to pronounce courageous (audio) \

Kids Definition of courageous

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

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courageously adverb

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