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Borrowing from Old French corage (French courage), from Vulgar Latin *coraticum, from Latin cor (heart). Distantly related to cardiac (of the heart), which is from Greek, but from the same Proto-Indo-European root.



courage (usually uncountable, plural courages)

  1. The quality of a confident character not to be afraid or intimidated easily but without being incautious or inconsiderate.
    "A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before."Ralph Waldo Emerson
    It takes a lot of courage to be successful in business.
  2. The ability to do things which one finds frightening.
    "Courage is not the absence of fear. It is acting in spite of it."Mark Twain
    He plucked up the courage to tell her how he felt.


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courage (third-person singular simple present courages, present participle couraging, simple past and past participle couraged)

  1. (obsolete) To encourage. [15th-17thc.]
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter x, in Le Morte Darthur, book XIX:
      And wete yow wel sayd kynge Arthur vnto Vrres syster I shalle begynne to handle hym and serche vnto my power not presumyng vpon me that I am soo worthy to hele youre sone by my dedes / but I wille courage other men of worshyp to doo as I wylle doo
    • William Tyndale (1494-1536)
      Paul writeth unto Timothy [] to courage him.

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cœur +‎ -age or Middle French corage, from Old French corage, from Vulgar Latin *coraticum, from Latin cor.



courage m (plural courages)

  1. courage

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