bravery

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bravery a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear
    • n bravery feeling no fear
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bravery A showy person; a fine gentleman; a beau. "A man that is the bravery of his age."
    • Bravery Splendor; magnificence; showy appearance; ostentation; fine dress. "With scarfs and fans and double change of bravery .""Like a stately ship . . . With all her bravery on, and tackle trim."
    • Bravery The act of braving; defiance; bravado. "Reform, then, without bravery or scandal of former times and persons."
    • Bravery The quality of being brave; fearless; intrepidity. "Remember, sir, my liege, . . . The natural bravery of your isle."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bravery The quality of being brave; courage; heroism; undaunted spirit; intrepidity; gallantry; fearlessness.
    • n bravery Showiness; splendor; magnificence.
    • n bravery Show; ostentation; parade.
    • n bravery Bravado; boast.
    • n bravery A showy person.
    • n bravery Synonyms Valor, daring, pluck, boldness, mettle, audacity. For comparison, see brave.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bravery courage: heroism: finery, showy dress
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Quotations

  • Dr. Robert Anthony
    Dr. Robert Anthony
    “The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.”
  • Omar Bradley
    Omar Bradley
    “Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.”
  • Sir Philip Sidney
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    “A true knight is fuller of bravery in the midst, than in the beginning of danger.”
  • David Summers
    David Summers
    “Bravery and stupidity go hand in hand.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Private bravery is often the price of personal victory.”
  • Victor Hugo
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    “Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. braverie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. brave; It. and Sp. bravo; prob. from Celt., as in Bret. braga, to strut about, Gael. breagh, fine. See Brag.

Usage

In literature:

New York was thus saved by Macdonough's skill and bravery.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Harpagus he made his lieutenant, and much of his success was owing to this man's wisdom and bravery.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
At the great battle of Waterloo, on June 18th, he fought with the same reckless bravery as ever.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
He told of Flaker's bravery the day he was hurt by the bison.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Collins, Michael, bravery of, i.
"Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez. Vol II" by Sir John Ross
No one doubted his bravery, but some have called his prudence in question.
"A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed." by Benjamin Waterhouse
From its inception during the Indian wars down to the time of writing, this Militia has been distinguished for bravery.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
While on all sides praises of his bravery were being noised abroad, I learned that a warrant had been issued for his arrest.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
With a fierce effort toward bravery in the face of catastrophe, Plutina stood up, and drew herself proudly erect.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
She took up the hat and put it on, deliberately, with a high bravery, before the glass.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
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In poetry:

Men of a thousand shifts and wiles, look here!
See one straightforward conscience put in pawn
To win a world; see the obedient sphere
By bravery's simple gravitation drawn!
"To W.L. Garrison" by James Russell Lowell
Blind is the world; and evil here below
O'erwhelms and triumphs over honesty:
The light is quenched; quenched too is bravery:
Lies reign, and truth hath ceased her face to show.
"Lxix. waiting for death." by Michelangelo
And all the greatest people in the land
Were proud to shake him by the hand;
And they gave him a beautiful sword because he had fought so well
And of his bravery the people to each other did tell.
"A Summary History of Lord Clive" by William Topaz McGonagall
So thus ends the story of Hanchen, a heroine brave,
That tried hard her master's gold to save,
And for her bravery she got married to the miller's eldest son,
And Hanchen on her marriage night cried Heaven's will be done.
"Hanchen, the Maid of the Mill" by William Topaz McGonagall
"Now to-day
One cometh, yea, an harmless man, a fool,
Who boasts he hath a message from our God,
And lest that you, for bravery of heart
And stoutness, being angered with his prate,
Should lift a hand, and kill him, I am here."
"A Story Of Doom: Book VI." by Jean Ingelow
Oh! It was a glorious victory, the British gained that day,
But the joy of it, alas! Was unfortunately taken away,
Because Sir Ralph Abercrombie, in the hottest of the fight, was shot,
And for his undaunted bravery, his name will never be forgot.
"The Battle of Alexandria" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Bravery , Quick Thinking Gets Duluth Police Sgt Award After Shootout.
Kevin Laws, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Birmingham, presents Isabella seventh grader Olivia Owens an award for her bravery during January's tornado.
" It inspired me to change the title of this article from " Bravery ," to "Twenty Seconds of Bravery .
Conservation Officer Honored For Bravery .
The bravery , fear, resolve still resonates on battlefield.
0Matt's Memo: Matt Mulcahy blogs about the bravery of the mother of Amaya Boudreat, the two year old who was killed by a falling television set.
Feist , Flock of Seagulls, Bravery, etc.
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Monterey firefighter honored for bravery.
Firefighter honored for bravery.
Gov Jay Nixon has ordered that the US and Missouri flags at state buildings in all 114 counties and the City of St Louis be flown at half-staff on June 20 to honor the bravery and sacrifice of Private First Class Matthew Joseph England.
The headdress is normally worn by Native Americans as a symbol of bravery, more commonly by tribal chiefs.
For many Plains tribes, for example, each feather placed on a headdress has significance and had to be earned through an act of compassion or bravery.
Kate York, I applaud you for your bravery and forthright approach in discussing the child sexual abuse issue.
Bravery, faith and turning the other cheek.
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In science:

In our opinion, the dancing can not bring about the young men’s bravery and, therefore, the chief has wholly mistaken system of causal beliefs.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
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