Definition of valor
: strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness : personal bravery
Examples of valor in a Sentence
The soldiers received the nation's highest award for valor.
the absence of indecision even in the face of death is the true mark of valor
Recent Examples of valor from the Web
Sometimes, discretion is the better part of valor when deciding exactly how much saturated fat to consume.
Speaking Tuesday, District 4 Councilman John Williams said the move was inspired by Sullivan's valor in a tragic case.
Arthur J. Jackson, 92, a Medal of Honor recipient for his valor as a Marine in the World War II Battle of Peleliu, in the Pacific, died June 14 in Boise, Idaho.
The red stripes symbolize hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.
In North Chicago in May of 2014, firefighters Sterling Ricketts and Tim Kluchka received a valor award in 2015 from the 100 Club of Chicago for selfless and heroic actions when responding to a call about a dog attack.
For his actions in one battle, Owens was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the nation's third highest medal for valor.
The medal is awarded for singular acts of valor or heroism over a brief one or two-day period.
Please don't dishonor their valor by not respecting that others also have the right to disagree with your opinion.
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When Should You Use valor?
Valor in uniform is still rewarded by medals. Many American civic organizations award a Medal of Valor for physical courage, and the Air Force Medal of Honor displays the single word "Valor". The somewhat old-fashioned adjective valorous more often describes warriors of the past. But valiant is still in common use, though it less often describes military courage than other kinds of bravery or effort.
Origin and Etymology of valor
Middle English valour “worth, worthiness, bravery,” borrowed from Anglo-French valor, valur, inherited or borrowed from early Medieval Latin valor, from Latin val- (stem of validus “in good health, robust, having legal authority,” valēre “to be well, have strength”) + -or, noun suffix — more at valid, wield
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of valor for English Language Learners
: courage or bravery
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