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
Recent Examples on the Web Jeff’s courageous and selfless stance in support of the rule of law led to the conclusive rejection of the serious charge of corruption of a presidential election. al, "Jeff Sessions is a 21st Century profile in courage, says former Alabama Supreme Court judge," 16 May 2020 Survivor is still on the air after 20 years because of all of the courageous and entertaining players who have let us watch them take on this crazy adventure. Dalton Ross,, "Jeff Probst on his 'most personal and powerful' Survivor moment ever," 16 Apr. 2020 Governors from California’s Gavin Newsom to Washington’s Jay Inslee to Ohio’s Mike DeWine have led their states to take courageous and proactive response that likely saved hundreds, if not thousands, of lives. Pradheep J. Shanker, National Review, "Sympathy and Empathy in the Time of Coronavirus," 8 Apr. 2020 Depending on yourself – not the government – was cast as patriotic and courageous. Susanna Lee, The Conversation, "When confronting the coronavirus, tough isn’t enough," 1 Apr. 2020 Her levity used to strike me as put-on, rather than courageous; her enthusiasm seemed to me to be too much, especially placed alongside Curreri’s darkness, his penchant for self-destruction. Brendan Fitzgerald, Longreads, "“I miss my body when it was ferocious” The Transfiguration of Paul Curreri," 14 Mar. 2020 Their words and photographs offer compelling and courageous eyewitness perspectives that served as an early and essential visual history of May 4. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Jane Fonda to speak at Kent State during weekend of events commemorating May 4, 1970," 10 Feb. 2020 Ed has two Purple Hearts and a dozen other medals from his service, but his most courageous act didn't come on the battlefield. CBS News, "Kindness 101 with Steve Hartman: What does courage look like?," 6 Apr. 2020 There’s only one requirement in any of us and that is to be courageous. Omar Sanchez,, "Jimmy Fallon says David Letterman post-9/11 inspired him to do Tonight Show from home," 3 Apr. 2020

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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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22 May 2020

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“Courageous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of courageous

: very brave : having or showing courage


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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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