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Word of the Day 3/16/14 Brave

Brave (adjective, noun, verb)
brave [breyv]


adjective
1. possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance.
2. making a fine appearance.
3. Archaic. excellent; fine; admirable.

noun
4. a brave person.
5. a warrior, especially among North American Indian tribes.
6. Obsolete.
a. a bully.
b. a boast or challenge.

verb (used with object)
7. to meet or face courageously: to brave misfortunes.
8. to defy; challenge; dare.
9. Obsolete. to make splendid.

verb (used without object)
10. Obsolete. to boast; brag.

Synonyms
1. bold, intrepid, daring, dauntless, heroic. Brave, courageous, valiant, fearless, gallant refer to confident bearing in the face of difficulties or dangers. Brave is the most comprehensive: it is especially used of that confident fortitude or daring that actively faces and endures anything threatening. Courageous implies a higher or nobler kind of bravery, especially as resulting from an inborn quality of mind or spirit that faces or endures perils or difficulties without fear and even with enthusiasm. Valiant implies a correspondence between an inner courageousness and external deeds, particularly of physical strength or endurance. Fearless implies unflinching spirit and coolness in the face of danger. Gallant implies a chivalrous, impetuous, or dashing bravery.

Antonyms
1. cowardly.

Origin: 1475–85; < Middle French < Spanish bravo (> Italian ) < Vulgar Latin *brabus for Latin barbarus barbarous

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