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
Recent Examples on the Web Douglass’s rhetorical mastery and Maceo’s courageous military exploits were testaments to Black artistry, intellect and leadership. Griffin Black, Scientific American, "The Whitewashing of Black Genius," 12 Oct. 2020 She was portrayed in the press as a courageous auteur for choosing to work with Black non-actors and crew members, and the documentary scenes were characterized as a rare glimpse at the reality of the ghetto. Sarah Cowan, The New York Review of Books, "The Complicated Camera of Filmmaker Shirley Clarke," 10 Oct. 2020 The court filing echoes attorneys’ previous portrayal of Rittenhouse as a courageous patriot who was exercising his right to bear arms during unrest over the shooting of Blake. NBC News, "Sending Kyle Rittenhouse to Wisconsin for trial would 'turn him over to the mob,' lawyers say," 9 Oct. 2020 The document echoes attorneys' previous portrayal of Rittenhouse as a courageous patriot who was exercising his right to bear arms during unrest over the shooting of Blake, who is Black. Kathleen Foody, Star Tribune, "Attorneys: Extraditing teen would 'turn him over to mob'," 8 Oct. 2020 Its witnesses are four courageous and initially idealistic patriots. The Economist, "Original sins An indictment of the CIA, through the lives of four spies," 3 Oct. 2020 The Communist Party USA played a courageous role in organizing Black workers and farmers in the South, particularly in Alabama from the late 1920s to the early 1950s. Dan Kaufman, The New Republic, "The Real Legacy of a Demagogue," 2 Oct. 2020 Fans hail it as a courageous work of art that is unapologetically gay, warts and all. NBC News, "Why 'The Boys in the Band' still resonates after 50 years," 30 Sep. 2020 Exposing researchers who lie, cheat and fake their data often requires the work of courageous whistleblowers or tenacious investigative journalists. Michael Shermer, WSJ, "‘The Doctor Who Fooled the World’ Review: Vax Populi," 27 Sep. 2020

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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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19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Courageous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/courageous. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for courageous

courageous

adjective
How to pronounce courageous (audio)

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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