val·​iance ˈval-yən(t)s How to pronounce valiance (audio)
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Examples of valiance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Morgan’s valiance goes even further. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 10 Mar. 2021 From the moment she was born — two months premature with a heart murmur — to her final few breaths, Virginia Castillo demonstrated valiance., 11 Mar. 2021 It’s about the need for a kind of action movie valiance that, by 1971, is dead in a way and never entirely returns. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 5 Nov. 2020 There’s always a debate for reason versus passion, for valiance versus depravity, Knox argues. Alex Kuczynski, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2020 Put anyone else on the UFC roster in Covington’s shoes, and his valiance in a losing effort would be lauded. Dave Doyle, MMA Junkie, 15 Dec. 2019 But Herrera’s valiance and skills as one of the Mexican Revolution’s most successful soldaderas are an example of the bravery and sacrifices women during this time made to change the history of Mexico’s politics — and should not be forgotten. Teen Vogue, 1 Apr. 2019 The same was true, with opposite partisan valiance, of Democrats who supported Bill Clinton or Ted Kennedy. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, 2 July 2018

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Word History


Middle English vailliaunce, borrowed from Anglo-French vaillance, from vaillant "worthy, strong, courageous" + -ance -ance — more at valiant entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of valiance was in the 15th century

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“Valiance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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