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From Middle English corajous, from Old French corageus, from corage + -eus.


  • IPA(key): /kəˈɹeɪd͡ʒəs/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪdʒəs


courageous (comparative more courageous, superlative most courageous)

  1. Of a person, displaying or possessing courage.
    Synonyms: bold, brave, hardy, valorous
    the most courageous person I have ever met
    • 2005, Jesse Helms, “Foreign Relations Experiences”, in Here's Where I Stand: A Memoir[1], New York: Random House, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, pages 228–229:
      In 1979, following Jimmy Carter’s unexpected and unreasonable decision to transfer diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing, the Congress passed the Taiwan Relations Act to preserve our relationship with this courageous nation. We believed that it was vital for our allies and for those who were not our allies to know that the United States would not abandon its friends.
  2. Of an action, that requires courage.
    Synonyms: bold, brave, heroic
    a courageous deed


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