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 (brā′və-rē, brāv′rē)
n. pl. brav·er·ies
1. The condition or quality of being brave; courage.
2. Splendor or magnificence; show.
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(ˈbreɪ və ri, ˈbreɪv ri)

n., pl. -er•ies.
1. brave spirit or conduct; courage; valor.
2. showiness; splendor; magnificence.
3. fine or showy dress.
[1540–50; probably < Italian braveria, derivative of brav(are) to brave]
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as bold as Beauchamp Brave, courageous, daring. Some say this now little-heard phrase derives from the celebrated feat of Thomas Beauchamp, who in 1346 defeated 100 Normans with one squire and six archers. Almost 300 years later a play entitled The Three Bold Beauchamps was written, which is cited as another possible source for as bold as Beauchamp or bold Beauchamp.

derring-do Daring deeds, brave feats, acts of heroism. The term owes its existence to a series of repeated printing and copying errors which converted the original verb phrase daring to do to the now common noun derring-do.

Dutch courage A false sense of courage or bravery induced by alcohol; potvalor or pot-valiancy. This colloquial expression, in use since at least 1826, is an allusion to the heavy drinking for which the Dutch people were known. The term appeared in Herbert Spencer’s The Study of Sociology (1873):

A dose of brandy, by stimulating the circulation, produces “Dutch courage.”

fear no colors To be audacious; to be unflinching in the face of hostility or danger. In this expression, colors carries its early military meaning of ‘flag.’ In Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Malvolio ascribes this military origin to the: phrase. The term was more figuratively used by Jonathan Swift in Tale of a Tub (1704):

He was a person that feared no colours, but mortally hated all.

geneva courage Courage produced by alcohol intoxication; foolhardy boasting triggered by drunkenness. The geneva of this expression has no connection with the Swiss city, but refers rather to a Dutch gin called Hollands or geneva. Geneva courage is thus virtually synonymous with Dutch courage or potvalor.

heart of oak A valiant, stalwart spirit; a man of great courage and endurance; a man of superior quality. The heart or core of a tree is literally ‘the solid central part without sap or albumen.’ The expression has been in figurative use since at least 1609.

Heart of oak are our ships, heart of oak are our men. (New Song in Universal Magazine, March, 1760)

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bravery - a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fearbravery - a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear
spirit - a fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character
mettle, nerve, spunk, heart - the courage to carry on; "he kept fighting on pure spunk"; "you haven't got the heart for baseball"
gallantry, heroism, valiance, valiancy, valor, valorousness, valour - the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle); "he showed great heroism in battle"; "he received a medal for valor"
dauntlessness, intrepidity - resolute courageousness
Dutch courage - courage resulting from intoxication
stoutheartedness - the trait of having a courageous spirit
fearlessness - the trait of feeling no fear
fortitude - strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage
2.bravery - feeling no fear
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
security - freedom from anxiety or fear; "the watch dog gave her a feeling of security"
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noun courage, nerve, daring, pluck, balls (taboo slang), spirit, bottle (Brit. slang), guts (informal), grit, fortitude, heroism, mettle, boldness, bravura, gallantry, valour, spunk (informal), hardiness, fearlessness, intrepidity, indomitability, hardihood, ballsiness (taboo slang), dauntlessness, doughtiness, pluckiness, lion-heartedness He deserves the highest praise for his bravery.
fright, cowardice, timidity, fearfulness, faint-heartedness
"They are surely to be esteemed the bravest spirits who, having the clearest sense of both the pains and pleasures of life, do not on that account shrink from danger" [Thucydides The Peloponnesian War]
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hugrekki, dirfska
sự can đảm


[ˈbreɪvərɪ] Nvalentía f, valor m
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[ˈbreɪvəri] n (= courage) → courage m; [soldier] → bravoure f
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[ˈbreɪvrɪ] ncoraggio
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(breiv) adjective
without fear of danger, pain etc. a brave soldier; a brave deed; You're very brave; It was brave of him to fight such an enemy.
to meet or face boldly. They braved the cold weather.
a Red Indian warrior.
ˈbravely adverb
He met his death bravely.
ˈbravery noun
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شَجاعَة odvaha tapperhed Tapferkeit γενναιότητα valor urheus bravoure hrabrost coraggio 勇敢 용기 moed mot dzielność valentia бесстрашие mod ความกล้าหาญ cesaret sự can đảm 勇敢
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So saying, he took my hand and whilst Sir Edward, Philippa, and Augusta were doubtless reflecting with admiration on his undaunted Bravery, led me from the Parlour to his Father's Carriage which yet remained at the Door and in which we were instantly conveyed from the pursuit of Sir Edward.
At last, under their combined efforts, the great body was slowly dragged farther and farther outside the window, and then there came to Clayton's mind a dawning conception of the rash bravery of his companion's act.
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A brilliant frigate captain, a man of sound judgment, of dashing bravery and of serene mind, scrupulously concerned for the welfare and honour of the navy, he missed a larger fame only by the chances of the service.
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Not your sympathy, but your bravery hath hitherto saved the victims.
That contempt of riches which our Gascon had observed as an article of faith during the thirty-five first years of his life, had for a long time been considered by him as the first article of the code of bravery. "Article first," said he, "A man is brave because he has nothing.
A hundred years ago the men of Bekwando, who went naked and knew no drink more subtle than palm wine had one virtue - bravery. But civilisation pressing upon their frontiers had brought Oom Sam greedy for ivory and gold, and Oom Sam had bought rum and strong waters.
It is indeed disreputable for those who are equal, or nearly so, to the enemy, to endeavour to take refuge within their walls--but since it very often happens, that those who make the attack are too powerful for the bravery and courage of those few who oppose them to resist, if you would not suffer the calamities of war and the insolence of the enemy, it must be thought the part of a good soldier to seek for safety under the shelter and protection of walls more especially since so many missile weapons and machines have been most ingeniously invented to besiege cities with.
And brave as he might be, it was that sort of bravery chiefly, visible in some intrepid men, which, while generally abiding firm in the conflict with seas, or winds, or whales, or any of the ordinary irrational horrors of the world, yet cannot withstand those more terrific, because more spiritual terrors, which sometimes menace you from the concentrating brow of an enraged and mighty man.
He waxes brave, but nevertheless obeys; most careful bravery that!
When we rode away, our main body had already been on the road an hour or two - I speak of our camp equipage; but we didn't move off alone: when Cathy blew the "advance" the Rangers cantered out in column of fours, and gave us escort, and were joined by White Cloud and Thunder -Bird in all their gaudy bravery, and by Buffalo Bill and four subordinate scouts.