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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In addition to being a loving son and brother, Bryce Dion was undoubtedly courageous and a credit to his profession. Washington Post, "Judge: Police acted ‘reasonably’ in man’s shooting death," 12 July 2019 What of the righteous and courageous protagonists in the fight against slavery? David French, National Review, "The South Is a Pro-Life Stronghold," 11 July 2019 According to Devyn, Alexa is very aggressive on the court, strong, courageous and is growing a lot on her ball handing and mental focus. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Klein Collins girls basketball athletes, coaches benefit from new UIL summer rules," 3 July 2019 Of course putting people in space has been amazing, and those courageous and skillful astronauts have done great work. Kim Stanley Robinson, National Geographic, "Dear MESSENGER: How unmasking Mercury brought art to life," 22 Mar. 2019 For a bored person fearing psychic annihilation on Instagram, jumping into a deal with an Instagram vendor can even feel a touch courageous. Collier Meyerson, WIRED, "Instagram Is Sweet and Sort of Boring—but the Ads!," 24 June 2019 John Taylor Willett JT, our beloved husband and daddy, lost his courageous battle with cancer on June 4, 2019., "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/9," 9 June 2019 Just the fact that Pete is running, that’s a courageous step — that’s for president. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: The inside scoop on first gentleman Marlon Reis, reinsurance program moves forward, and who is the most electable in the 2020 Senate race?," 13 June 2019 Please say thank you to the courageous @jessicabiel for a busy and productive day at the California State House. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Jessica Biel defends lobbying in Sacramento against vaccination legislation; critics say she ‘wants to bring measles back’," 13 June 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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The first known use of courageous was in the 14th century

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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

Other Words from courageous

courageously adverb

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