cou·​ra·​geous | \ kə-ˈrā-jəs \

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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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 Apple is proud to support the courageous, visionary @Malala in advancing every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Apple's Tim Cook, Malala Yousafzai partner to fight for girls' education | The Kansas City Star," 22 Jan. 2018 The stories of these courageous women should be part of every curriculum. Smithsonian, "Readers Discuss Our June 2018 Issue," 28 June 2018 To grow courage in our kids, parents have to be courageous! Eva Dwight, USA TODAY, "The surprising reason your kid is acting defiant and difficult," 13 May 2018 And rave to all courageous journalists who risk or give their lives in the name of freedom of speech, free press and democracy. Seattle Times Readers, The Seattle Times, "Rant & Rave: Time magazine Person of the Year," 12 Dec. 2018 In a short video, Ford acknowledges how Denhollander's courageous first step toward justice encouraged many women to follow suit. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Christine Blasey Ford Supports Another Sexual Assault Survivor In Her First Public Statement Since Kavanaugh Hearing," 12 Dec. 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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English Language Learners Definition of courageous

: very brave : having or showing courage


cou·​ra·​geous | \ kə-ˈrā-jəs \

Kids Definition of courageous

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

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