Definition of courage in English:


Line breaks: cour|age
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌrɪdʒ


[mass noun]


have the courage of one's convictions

Act on one’s beliefs despite danger or disapproval: lead your own life and have the courage of your convictions
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  • But never mind, he had the courage of his convictions and you can't knock people for their beliefs (but they feel it's OK for them to knock you because of them).
  • And good on you for having the courage of your convictions.
  • Labour's problem, like that of the Tories, is all about having the courage of your convictions.

pluck up (or screw up or take) courage

Make an effort to do something that frightens one: I plucked up the courage to go out by myself
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  • I admire her passion and courage, as let's face it, it takes courage for a woman to refuse to breed these days, but still, despite my ambition I can't imagine life without a child.
  • It took courage because it was a real scary time, y'know?
  • This was a life-affirming, emotionally and intellectually liberating message, and it took courage and conviction to be the messenger.

take one's courage in both hands

Nerve oneself to do something that frightens one: taking her courage in both hands, she knocked on the door
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  • Then, at the end of last year and at the age of 26, the Frenchwoman finally took her courage in both hands and won the Tour championships.
  • What's interesting here is that the whistleblowers take their courage in both hands and allow themselves to be named.
  • When will our MPs, sent to Parliament to represent the true interests of the people of the country, take their courage in both hands and vote to dispose of him?


Middle English (denoting the heart, as the seat of feelings): from Old French corage, from Latin cor 'heart'.

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