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Bravery is the quality that allows someone to do things that are dangerous or frightening. It is the quality or state of being brave.[1]

1. brave spirit or conduct; courage; valor.
2. showiness; splendor; magnificence.


brey-vuh-ree, breyv-ree

noun, plural braveries.


Origin: 1540-50; probably < Italian braveria, equivalent to brav(are) to brave + -eria -ery[2]


Intrepidity, fearlessness, boldness, daring, prowess, heroism, pluck, spirit, audacity, nerve, mettle, spunk. See courage.




  • “It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.” ― Mark Twain
  • “It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”

― Mark Twain

  • “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ― Nelson Mandela
  • “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”

Theodore Roosevelt

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