• WordNet 3.6
    • adj courageous possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching "Familiarity with danger makes a brave man braver but less daring"- Herman Melville","a frank courageous heart...triumphed over pain"- William Wordsworth","set a courageous example by leading them safely into and out of enemy-held territory"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Only President to win a Pulitzer: John F. Kennedy for "Profiles in Courage"
    • a Courageous Possessing, or characterized by, courage; brave; bold. "With this victory, the women became most courageous and proud, and the men waxed . . . fearful and desperate."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In The Wizard of Oz the Scarecrow was looking for a brain, the Cowardly Lion was looking for courage, and the Tin Man was looking for a heart.
    • courageous Possessing or characterized by courage; brave; daring; intrepid.
    • courageous Synonyms Gallant, Valiant, etc. See brave.
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  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.”
  • Dale Carnegie
    “Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “A man of courage is also full of faith.”


Dutch courage - Dutch courage is the reckless bravery caused by drinking too much.
To have the courage of your convictions - If you have the courage of your convictions, you are brave enough to do what you feel is right, despite any pressure for you to do something different.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. courageux,


In literature:

He told of Tom's courage and Sandy's sunshiny nature.
"The Place Beyond the Winds" by Harriet T. Comstock
If it were the latter, I had not yet mustered courage sufficient to meet him.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
His pony had given him new courage and conscious power.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Remember that panic is always a bad counselor; but that courage is ever a good one.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
But every burgher, wherever he might be, fought with the greatest courage.
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
His whole life was instinct with courage.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
His discourse on the scaffold was full of decency and courage.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. From Charles I. to Cromwell" by David Hume
The queen at this crisis exhibited remarkable proofs of courage, activity, and discretion.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
His growing courage took a step back, but his passion rushed forward proportionately.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
Measured by mere fighting courage, there were thousands of men in the British fleet as brave as Hawke.
"Deeds that Won the Empire" by W. H. Fitchett

In poetry:

"I see before me valiant men,
With courage high and true,
Who fight as only heroes fight,
And die, as heroes do.
"Beechenbrook - VII" by Margaret Junkin Preston
"Thy ransom I will freely give,
And this report of thee,
Thou art the most courageous knight
That ever I did see."
"Chevy Chase" by Henry Morley
With filial hope her son, who knew
Her courage and her skill,
Watch'd to parental orders true,
Magnanimously still.
"The Eagle" by William Hayley
Kings are not rescued by the force
Of armies from the grave;
Nor speed nor courage of a horse
Can the bold rider save.
"Psalm XXXIII: Rejoice, Ye Righteous" by Isaac Watts
With faith within to guide them,
And courage to perform,
A nation, from a wilderness,
They hewed with their strong arm.
"The Puritans' Christmas" by Madison Julius Cawein
"Your King and Country need you,"
They say with courage high.
"Your fathers, too, were soldiers;
And not afraid to die."
"What Owest Thou" by Abner Cosens

In news:

A great deal of courage and a few pages about the country, the climate and the people were all he had when his unit invaded Sicily during the European Theater of World War II.
Abner Mares has admired Robert Guerrero's courage in standing up to his promoters for the title shot he wants.
Although suffering two casualties among its badly outnumbered unit, Bravo Squad prevails, thanks especially to the courage of Spc.
Greer Garson, the actress who epitomized a noble, wise and courageous wife in some of the sleekest and most sentimental American movies of the 1940's, died yesterday morning at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
The stunning birth and flowering of Iran's democratic movement this past year has largely been the work of Tehran's courageous residents.
Saralee Moyle passed to the next shore after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Age 74, of Parma, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, Oct 14, 2010 at the Seasons of Life Residential Hospice in Parma following a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.
Leslie Louise "Zezzie" (Dobberteen) Newcomb , age 56, of Albuquerque, NM, left this world after a courageous struggle with illness Sunday, Aug 12, 2012, at Vista Care Hosoice in Albuquerque.
Leslie Louise "Zezzie" (Dobberteen) Newcomb , age 56, of Albuquerque, N.M. Left this world after a courageous struggle with illness Sunday Aug 12, 2012, at Vista Care Hospice in Albuquerque.
Kudos to Courageous Delmar Neighbor.
Republican John McCain signs a copy of his book, Why Courage Matters, at the opening of his presidential campaign office in Henderson, Nev.
She was so moved by a courageous teenager who's nearly 8,000 miles away, she wanted to make a statement.
Imagine the personal courage required for me to snap the above spider portrait on the evening of June 18th in downtown Minneapolis.
Words such as duty, respect, honor, courage, and selfless service define what these men and women represent.
Where are men and women - young and old - who are strong and courageous.

In science:

This breakdown is consistent with the courageous, yet incomplete, spectroscopic studies (e.g.
Spitzer Observations of the Prototypical Extremely Red Objects HR10 and LBDS53W091: Separating Dusty Starbursts from Old Elliptical Galaxies
Wil lman, who is giving him yet another lesson – the grace, courage, wil l power, and inner peace while in the turmoil of life – throughout the treatment of her cancer.
Azumaya-type noncommutative spaces and morphisms therefrom: Polchinski's D-branes in string theory from Grothendieck's viewpoint
It states that Antarctica is to be used for peaceful purposes only, with scienti fic investigation and collaboration speci fically en couraged.
Astronomy in Antarctica
Vasantha was conferred the Kalpana Chawla Award for Courage and Daring Enterprise by the State Government of Tamil Nadu in recognition of her sustained fight for social justice in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and for her contribution to mathematics.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
Interdisciplinary co-operations can only succeed when the partners join up motivated by their own willingness and courage (Krapp et al. 1992). Once attending in interdisciplinary frameworks, the basic skill, the ability to communicate, has been shown to be a matter of training (Landis et al. 2004).
Biologists meet statisticians: A workshop for young scientists to foster interdisciplinary team work