What does courage mean?

Definitions for courage
ˈkɜr ɪdʒ, ˈkʌr-courage

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. courage, courageousness, bravery, braveness(noun)

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

Wiktionary

  1. courage(Noun)

    The quality of a confident character not to be afraid or intimidated easily but without being incautious or inconsiderate.

    Etymology: From corage (French: courage), from cor. Distantly related to cardiac, which is from Greek, but from the same Proto-Indo-European root.

  2. courage(Noun)

    The ability to do things which one finds frightening.

    Etymology: From corage (French: courage), from cor. Distantly related to cardiac, which is from Greek, but from the same Proto-Indo-European root.

  3. courage(Verb)

    To encourage.

    Etymology: From corage (French: courage), from cor. Distantly related to cardiac, which is from Greek, but from the same Proto-Indo-European root.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Courage(noun)

    the heart; spirit; temper; disposition

  2. Courage(noun)

    heart; inclination; desire; will

  3. Courage(noun)

    that quality of mind which enables one to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness, or without fear, or fainting of heart; valor; boldness; resolution

Freebase

  1. Courage

    Courage is the ability to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Physical courage is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement. In some traditions, fortitude holds approximately the same meaning as courage. In the Western tradition, notable thoughts on courage have come from philosophers such as Aristotle, Aquinas and Kierkegaard; in the Eastern tradition, some thoughts on courage were offered by the Tao Te Ching. More recently, courage has been explored by the discipline of psychology.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Courage

    kur′āj, n. the quality that enables men to meet dangers without fear: bravery: spirit.—interj. take courage!—adj. Courā′geous, full of courage: brave.—adv. Courā′geously.—n. Courā′geousness.—Dutch courage, a fictitious courage induced by drinking; Pluck up one's courage, to nerve one's self to something daring; The courage of one's convictions, courage to act up to or consistently with one's opinions. [O. Fr. corage (Fr. courage), from L. cor, the heart.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. courage

    1. A matter of the red corpuscle. 2. A matter of getting used to it. (It is oxygen that makes every attack, and without oxygen in his blood to back him, a man attacks nothing--not even a pie.--From Wilbur Nesbit's book _Bunc as I Have Found It_.)

Editors Contribution

  1. courage

    The ability and knowing to trust, listen and follow our heart and soul, to act and behave in a just manner when we know in our heart and soul what we feel intuitively is honest and true.

    The Director of the International Unity Government had the courage to take the unity government reform to the next level as she feels, knows and understands intuitively this is what the people choose and verified it and iss accurate in her assessment and ensures it is in line with optimum health, human rights, right to life, stability, unity government, shared prosperity and freedom for all on planet earth.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 14, 2016  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'courage' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4698

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'courage' in Nouns Frequency: #1919

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of courage in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of courage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of courage in a Sentence

  1. Zinta Aistars:

    ”Aberjhani is also known as author of Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, The Bridge of Silver Wings, and The Wisdom of W.E.B. Dubois. He publishes often in various publications, print and online. His poetry has an intensely intimate courage, the sort we would all wish to have, but too often hold protectively back.”

  2. Marissa Hoechstetter:

    There's clear evidence of a pattern of bad behavior by the doctor, a lack of institutional courage by his employer Columbia University, and a lack of willingness to take the case seriously by the Manhattan district attorney, the combination of all three together to me is enough for me to know that everyone did the best they could to make it go away.

  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    What a new face courage puts on everything.

  4. Author Unknown:

    Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquest of it.

  5. Mamoudou Gassama:

    I just didn’t have time to think, I ran across the road to go and save him, i just climbed up and thank God — God helped me. The more I climbed, the more I had the courage to climb up higher — that’s it.

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  • Mel V Biljon Fly
    I feel that courage is not the absense of showing pain or fear. I feel that courage is:- Doing something in spite of the fear, terror, pain, unknowling. One can show fear or pain but one doesn't act on it by shying away and not 'showing up'. One acts even though one might be fearful or in pain - that is courage - to act in spite of being fearful. 
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