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Meaning of COURAGE

Pronunciation:  'kurij

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger of pain without showing fear

COURAGE is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: bravery, courageousness
 Antonyms: cowardice, cowardliness
 See Also: dauntlessness, Dutch courage, fearlessness, fortitude, gallantry, heart, heroism, intrepidity, mettle, nerve, spirit, spunk, stoutheartedness, valiance, valiancy, valor, valorousness, valour



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cour"age\ (k?r"?j;48), n. [OE. corage heart, mind,
will, courage, OF. corage, F. courage, fr. a LL. derivative
of L. cor heart. See {Heart}.]
1. The heart; spirit; temper; disposition. [Obs.]

         So priketh hem nature in here corages. --Chaucer.

         My lord, cheer up your spirits; our foes are nigh,
         and this soft courage makes your followers faint.

2. Heart; inclination; desire; will. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

         I'd such a courage to do him good.    --Shak.

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.    --Addison.

Syn: Heroism; bravery; intrepidity; valor; gallantry; daring;
     firmness; hardihood; boldness; dauntlessness;

Usage: See {Heroism}. -- {Courage}, {Bravery}, {Fortitude},
       {Intrepidity}, {Gallantry}, {Valor}. Courage is that
       firmness of spirit and swell of soul which meets
       danger without fear. Bravery is daring and impetuous
       courage, like that of one who has the reward
       continually in view, and displays his courage in
       daring acts. Fortitude has often been styled ``passive
       courage,'' and consist in the habit of encountering
       danger and enduring pain with a steadfast and unbroken
       spirit. Valor is courage exhibited in war, and can not
       be applied to single combats; it is never used
       figuratively. Intrepidity is firm, unshaken courage.
       Gallantry is adventurous courage, which courts danger
       with a high and cheerful spirit. A man may show
       courage, fortitude, or intrepidity in the common
       pursuits of life, as well as in war. Valor, bravery,
       and gallantry are displayed in the contest of arms.
       Valor belongs only to battle; bravery may be shown in
       single combat; gallantry may be manifested either in
       attack or defense; but in the latter ease, the defense
       is usually turned into an attack.

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