cour·age BrE [ˈkʌrɪdʒ]
NAmE [ˈkɜːrɪdʒ]
noun uncountable
the ability to do sth dangerous, or to face pain or opposition, without showing fear
Syn: bravery
He showed great courage and determination.
I haven't yet plucked up the courage to ask her.
moral/physical courage
courage in the face of danger
see also Dutch courage
more at screw up your courage at screw v.
Idioms: have the courage of your convictions take courage take your courage in both hands
Word Origin:
Middle English (denoting the heart, as the seat of feelings): from Old French corage, from Latin cor ‘heart’.
courage [courage] noun U
He showed great courage in the face of danger.
bravery • • heroism • • nerve • • audacity • • daring|informal guts|literary, BrE valour|AmE valor
Opp: cowardice
have the courage/bravery/nerve/audacity/guts
show courage/bravery
doing sth takes courage/bravery/nerve/guts
an act of courage/bravery/heroism/valour
Courage or bravery? Courage is often about facing opposition; bravery is more often about facing physical danger or pain
They lack the moral courage to speak out.
He received the medal as an award for bravery.
Example Bank:
He lacked the courage to try something new.
He showed great calmness and courage under fire.
I admire your courage in saying what you think.
I didn't have the courage to tell him.
I finally plucked up enough courage to speak to Rachel.
It takes courage to sing in public.
This is a chance for him to show leadership and political courage.
an act of personal courage that moved people
stories of incredible physical courage
I haven't yet plucked up the courage to ask her.
She displayed remarkable courage in the face of danger.
Unfortunately, they lack the moral courage to speak out against what is happening.
You need to have the courage of your convictions.

WordNet Dictionary:
a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear
Syn: courageousness, bravery, braveness
Ant: cowardice
- "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
Syn: brave
Ant: cowardly (for: brave)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.1.The heart; spirit; temper; disposition.
So priketh hem nature in here corages.
My lord, cheer up your spirits; our foes are nigh,
and this soft courage makes your followers faint.
2.Heart; inclination; desire; will.
I'd such a courage to do him good.
3.That quality of mind which enables one to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness, or without fear, or fainting of heart; valor; boldness; resolution.
The king-becoming graces . . .
Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude,
I have no relish of them.
Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it.
v. t.1.To inspire with courage; to encourage.
Paul writeth unto Timothy . . . to courage him.

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