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

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valorously adverb

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If you are boldly seeking synonyms for "valorous," consider "courageous," "intrepid," "dauntless," "bold," or just plain "brave" - all of which mean "having or showing no fear when faced with danger or difficulty." "Brave" is the most straightforward of these, implying lack of fear in alarming or difficult circumstances. "Courageous" carries a sense of stout-hearted resolution in the face of danger, while "intrepid" suggests downright daring in confronting peril. "Dauntless" suggests determination and resolution despite danger. "Bold" typically indicates a forward or defiant tendency to thrust oneself into dangerous situations. "Valorous," which comes from Middle English valour, meaning "worth, worthiness, or bravery," suggests illustrious bravery and sometimes has an archaic or romantic ring.

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valorous deeds that will be long remembered
Recent Examples on the Web Bonhoeffer had written his now famous Letters and Papers from Prison to Eberhard, who in releasing them had introduced his valorous genius friend to the wide world. Eric Metaxas, National Review, "Seeking Bonhoeffer," 26 Oct. 2020 Fear can make ordinary people turn valorous or villainous or just unattractive. New York Times, "The Doctor Came to Save Lives. The Co-op Board Told Him to Get Lost.," 3 Apr. 2020 Also valorous, and critical to the battle, were the deeds of Brig. Scott Huddleston,, "Alamo battle remembered," 6 Mar. 2020 James Atlas, who died last week, of chronic lung disease, at seventy, was a valorous combatant who knew both glory and defeat. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, "James Atlas’s Life in Life-Writing," 9 Sep. 2019 The cult of the Lost Cause embraced an apocryphal history suffused with nostalgia for a world of valorous Confederates, kindly masters, and contented slaves. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, "Race, History, and Memories of a Virginia Girlhood," 18 July 2019 The four slain soldiers’ actions during the operation and under ambush were considered valorous, the officials said. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "Classified Report Slams Military Over October Deaths in Niger," 25 Apr. 2018 The practice of introducing valorous ordinary people was vastly overdone, and the July 4 old-fashioned flag-waving a trifle laborious. Conrad Black, National Review, "Trump and the State of the Union," 31 Jan. 2018 The ship’s namesake, retired Marine Chief Warrant Officer 4 Williams, received the nation’s highest decoration for combat bravery for his valorous actions on Iwo Jima in 1945. Carl Prine,, "Navy christens Hershel “Woody” Williams, honoring World War II Medal of Honor hero," 21 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of valorous

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for valorous

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

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“Valorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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

Kids Definition of valorous

: having or showing courage : brave valorous knights

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valorously adverb

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