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courage

Someone with courage is bold and brave, unafraid to face tough challenges. Unlike the Cowardly Lion, who went all the way to the Emerald City to see if the Wizard had any courage to spare.

In Middle English, courage referred to “what is in one’s mind or thoughts." Today, anyone with courage has only fearless feats and courageous acts in mind. Having courage means acting when others are afraid of the danger, or simply acting without fear of failure. As the American poet Robert Frost advised, “Have courage and a little willingness to venture and be defeated.”

Definitions of courage
  1. noun
    a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear
    synonyms: braveness, bravery, 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
    stoutheartedness
    the trait of having a courageous spirit
    fearlessness
    the trait of feeling no fear
    fortitude
    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
    resilience
    the ability to recover readily from adversity or change
    type of:
    spirit
    a fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character
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