val·​or·​ous ˈva-lə-rəs How to pronounce valorous (audio)
valorously adverb

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The English language has no shortage of synonyms for brave. In fact, it even has two different such words from the same Latin verb, valēre ("to have strength"): valiant and valorous. Valiant is the older of the pair, borrowed from the Anglo-French adjective vaillant ("worthy, strong courageous") in the 1300s. Valorous followed in the 1400s, a combination of valor ("strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness")—another valēre descendent—and the adjective suffix -ous. (The form was inspired either by the Middle French word valeureux or the Medieval Latin word valōrōsus.) While the words can be used synonymously, valorous sometimes has an archaic or romantic ring, describing stout-hearted warriors of yore, while the more common word valiant describes soldiers as well as general kinds of bravery or effort.

Examples of valorous in a Sentence

valorous deeds that will be long remembered
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Word History


valor + -ous, after Middle French valeureux or Medieval Latin valōrōsus

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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


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“Valorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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val·​or·​ous ˈval-ə-rəs How to pronounce valorous (audio)
: having or showing valor : brave

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