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

n a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear

braveness, bravery, courageousness
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

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