outbrave

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Etymology[edit]

From out- +‎ brave.

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Verb[edit]

outbrave (third-person singular simple present outbraves, present participle outbraving, simple past and past participle outbraved)

  1. To stand out bravely against; to face up to courageously.
  2. To surpass or outrival.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, New York Review Books, 2001, p.263:
      to outbrave one another, they will tire their bodies, macerate their souls, and through contentions or mutual invitations beggar themselves.
  3. To be more brave than.
    • 1954, A. E. Watts, Metamorphoses (page 67)
      There, like one possessed,
      Outraving and outbraving all the rest,
      One Lycabas, from Tuscan city sent
      To purge a deed of blood by banishment,
      As I withstood him, struck a breakneck blow,
      And would have dashed me to the waves below []