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Courage and boldness, as in battle; bravery.

[Middle English valour, from Old French, from Late Latin valor, from Latin valēre, to be strong; see wal- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈvæl ər)

boldness or determination in facing danger.
Also, esp. Brit., val′our.
[1350–1400; Middle English valo(u)r < Anglo-French < Late Latin valor worth = Latin val(ēre) to be of worth + -or -or1]
val′or•ous, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.valor - the qualities of a hero or heroinevalor - 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"
braveness, bravery, courage, courageousness - a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear
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2. The quality or state of being heroic:
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"General," said the commander of the delinquent brigade, "I am persuaded that any further display of valor by my troops will bring them into collision with the enemy."
I, indeed, who have experienced with what speed you run away, know right well that no dependence can be placed on your valor."
But were the coming narrative to reveal, in any instance, the complete abasement of poor Starbuck's fortitude, scarce might I have the heart to write it; for it is a thing most sorrowful, nay shocking, to expose the fall of valor in the soul.
There was valor and contempt for circumstances in the glance of his eye.
Over his features played an eager desire to state the amount of his valor in a similar crisis, but the narrator proceeded.
Then, having said everything that could stir a man's spleen or pique his valor, they would dare their imaginary hearers, now that the Bannacks were few in number, to come and take their revenge--receiving no reply to this valorous bravado, they would conclude by all kinds of sneers and insults, deriding the Blackfeet for dastards and poltroons, that dared not accept their challenge.
Having vented their valor in this fierce effervescence, the Bannack braves gradually calmed down, lowered their crests, smoothed their ruffled feathers, and betook themselves to sleep, without placing a single guard over their camp; so that, had the Blackfeet taken them at their word, but few of these braggart heroes might have survived for any further boasting.
Among the Osages, says Captain Bonneville, when a warrior falls in battle, his comrades, though they may have fought with consummate valor, and won a glorious victory, will leave their arms upon the field of battle, and returning home with dejected countenances, will halt without the encampment, and wait until the relatives of the slain come forth and invite them to mingle again with their people.
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