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 Their courageous deeds, largely forgotten until now, are astounding. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, "Put a spring in your step with the 10 best books of April," 16 Apr. 2021 In July, when the MLB All-Stars take their places at Coors Field, my thoughts will be on sports heroes of my youth who made a courageous stand for racial equality more than 50 years ago. David Aquilina, Star Tribune, "An all-star boycott that called for change long, long ago," 16 Apr. 2021 Georgians could have used a leader who was much more humble and courageous in such big a moment. Geoff Duncan, National Review, "Trump and Biden Strike Out in Georgia," 13 Apr. 2021 Yet media and agencies have vilified these courageous physicians. WSJ, "Investigate Good, Existing Covid Therapies," 11 Apr. 2021 In the years following Charles Lindbergh’s historic transatlantic flight in 1927, courageous female pilots were in a drive to out-fly one another in the race to be the first woman to repeat Lindbergh’s feat. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, "Female pilot competed with Amelia Earhart in Powel Crosley’s plane," 11 Apr. 2021 This is all to say that the ETSU players aren't just courageous. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, "Opinion: East Tennessee State coach, players deserve praise, not scorn, for protesting during anthem," 3 Apr. 2021 Baseball teaches teamwork, patience, how to handle adversity, how to be courageous under pressure, and all of the other quintessential aspects of the American spirit. Emmett Hall,, "Cullin O’Brien Tigers take Fort Lauderdale Little League opening-day victory," 30 Mar. 2021 Climbing a mountain takes courage, but doing it in flip-flops with no water or food is stupid, not courageous. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, "When entrepreneurs are close to getting what they want — why do they hesitate?," 22 Mar. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Courageous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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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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