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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Educated, courageous, dividing opinion There are those who argue that anyone would be able to guide a squad as gifted as the US to glory, but football history is filled with tales of underachieving talented teams. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Jill Ellis: The shy girl from England who became US Soccer's record-breaking head coach," 5 July 2019 Mario Viero Bonaca, 80, of Florence, Italy died September 13, 2019, in Denver, Colorado, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease., "Mario V. Bonaca," 17 Sep. 2019 During the tearful ceremony, Stewart spoke of Alvarez's heroism through his simple but courageous acts of speaking out. Taylor Romine, CNN, "New York mayor gives 9/11 responder's family a key to the city," 17 Sep. 2019 Marcel Halstenberg's stunning volley at the start of the second half helped Germany claim a 2-0 victory over a courageous Northern Ireland in Belfast., "Northern Ireland 0-2 Germany: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Visitors Fight to Earn Win," 9 Sep. 2019 But some of those last days of August always have these powerful examples of family life, conversion, and a clear and courageous bishop (what Augustine became). Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "Cruising with Saints Monica and Augustine," 2 Sep. 2019 Set on the bleak, ghostly landscape of the Bog of Cats, this provocative drama discloses one woman’s courageous attempts to lay claim to that which is hers, as her world is torn in two., "Cleveland Heights’ Ensemble Theatre to celebrate 40 years; top area hospitals listed; more: Press Run," 16 Aug. 2019 For its holiday offering, Skylight Music Theatre turns to the Disney musical about courageous newsboys who strike against the man. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Hamilton' and 23 other shows to see during Milwaukee's 2019 performing arts season," 15 Aug. 2019 In this week's Season 3 finale, June is shot during her courageous endeavor to smuggle dozens of children out of Gilead. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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