Bravery is the admirable quality of being able to confront frightening things. It takes bravery for a knight to battle a dragon, but it also takes bravery for a shy child to walk into a new classroom.

You can also call bravery courage or valor. Firefighters are often acknowledged for their bravery, but everyday people also act with bravery if they confront their fears. Even though you're scared when you jump out of the plane with your skydiving instructor, the fact that you're doing it at all takes real bravery. It also takes bravery to pet a friend's German shepherd, especially if you are afraid of dogs. The earliest meaning of bravery was closer to bravado: "daring, defiance, and boasting."

Definitions of bravery
  1. noun
    a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear
    synonyms: braveness, courage, courageousness
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    cowardice, cowardliness
    the trait of lacking courage
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    heart, mettle, nerve, spunk
    the courage to carry on
    gallantry, heroism, valiance, valiancy, valor, valorousness, valour
    the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle)
    dauntlessness, intrepidity
    resolute courageousness
    Dutch courage
    courage resulting from intoxication
    the trait of having a courageous spirit
    the trait of feeling no fear
    strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage
    coolness, nervelessness
    fearless self-possession in the face of danger
    boldness, daring, hardihood, hardiness
    the trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger
    gutsiness, pluck, pluckiness
    the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury
    backbone, grit, gumption, guts, moxie, sand
    fortitude and determination
    the ability to recover readily from adversity or change
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    a fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character
  2. noun
    feeling no fear
    synonyms: fearlessness
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    fear, fearfulness, fright
    an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
    freedom from anxiety or fear
    a feeling of trust (in someone or something)
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    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
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