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bravery Line breaks: brav¦ery
Pronunciation: /ˈbreɪv(ə)ri/

Definition of bravery in English:


[mass noun]
Courageous behaviour or character: perhaps I’ll get a medal for bravery
More example sentences
  • The officers showed tremendous courage and bravery in tackling a very difficult situation.
  • She taught us the deepest meaning of love, respect, compassion, courage and bravery.
  • Anyone who can has to be admired for they have a strength of character and bravery which I do not possess.


Mid 16th century (in the sense 'bravado'): from French braverie or Italian braveria 'boldness', based on Latin barbarus (see barbarous).

Words that rhyme with bravery

Avery, knavery, quavery, Savery, savory, savoury, slavery, wavery

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