valorous

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French valeureux.

Adjective[edit]

valorous (comparative more valorous, superlative most valorous)

  1. Having or displaying valour.
    • c. 1490, William Caxton (translator), The Boke of Eneydos, Westminster, Preface,[1]
      this present booke compyled by virgyle ryght subtyl and Ingenyous oratour & poete Intytuled Eneydos hath be translated oute of latyn in to comyn langage In whiche may alle valyaunt prynces and other nobles see many valorous fayttes of armes.
    • c. 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act IV, Scene 4,[2]
      [] he esteems himself happy that he hath fallen into the hands of one, as he thinks, the most brave, valorous, and thrice-worthy signieur of England.
    • 1820, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, Chapter 15,[3]
      [] I shall be at York—at the head of my daring and valorous fellows, as ready to support any bold design as thy policy can be to form one.
    • 1929, Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, New York: Scribner, Book I, Chapter 10, p. 70,[4]
      He held up the glass. “To your valorous wounds. To the silver medal.”
    • 2004, Andrea Levy, Small Island, London: Review, Chapter Twelve, p. 139,[5]
      There are many valorous stories told of her, which enthral grown men as well as children.

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References[edit]

  • valorous” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.