courageous

adjective
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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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 Selfless and courageous, superbly professional, competent. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "9 Australians awarded bravery medals for Thai cave rescue," 24 July 2018 Likewise, Mercury in Leo is energetic, courageous, and extremely performative — but when the planet goes reverse, that vibrancy begins to fall a bit flat. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Your 2018 Guide to Surviving Mercury Retrograde," 26 July 2018 His book, in any case, is pretty plainly meant to introduce the nation to a courageous red-state politician of liberal conviction. WSJ, "Politics: Want to Be President? You Better Write a Book," 25 Jan. 2019 Despite the ferocious repudiation of his actions by the US and UK governments, his courageous actions were ultimately good for the intelligence agencies themselves, governments, and most importantly the global public. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The Snowden Legacy, part one: What’s changed, really?," 21 Nov. 2018 These two smart, courageous women have been there for me since the beginning. Fox News, "Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand's full victim impact statement to the court about her experience," 26 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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courageous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of courageous

: very brave : having or showing courage

courageous

adjective
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

Other Words from courageous

courageously adverb

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