cou·​ra·​geous | \ kə-ˈrā-jəs How to pronounce courageous (audio) \

Essential Meaning of courageous

: very brave : having or showing courage a courageous soldier She was a courageous woman who wasn't afraid to support unpopular causes. See More Examplesa courageous act/decision a courageous [=fearless] companionHide

Full 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 His is a unique signature with a design approach that is courageous, mostly rebellious, a touch playful and increasingly ethical. Nargess Banks, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 There’s something oddly courageous about the smallest state willing to stand alone against the entire world., 4 May 2021 Women were not highlighted as being courageous, being bold, being sacrificial. Susan Hagen, Glamour, 10 Sep. 2021 Lead With Vulnerability Be courageous and lead by example. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 For now, the world's spotlight need to remain where belongs, on the Cuban people and their courageous fight for freedom. Fabiola Santiago, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 To save the nation from peril, the Chinese people put up a courageous fight. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, 1 July 2021 The award was created to spotlight women who have demonstrated courageous leadership, a commitment to grow and develop others, advocacy for school administrators, and effective crisis leadership, especially during the pandemic. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Aug. 2021 Minda frequently speaks at companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Nike, and Bloomberg on topics such as managing diverse teams, courageous leadership, and advancing women of color in the workplace. Minda Harts, NBC News, 2 Aug. 2021

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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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8 Oct 2021

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“Courageous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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