What does courage mean?

Definitions for courage
ˈkɜr ɪdʒ, ˈkʌr-courage

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. courage, courageousness, bravery, bravenessnoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. couragenoun

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

  2. couragenoun

    The ability to do things which one finds frightening.

  3. courageverb

    To encourage.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COURAGEnoun

    Bravery; active fortitude; spirit of enterprise.

    Etymology: courage, Fr. from cor, Latin.

    The king becoming graces,
    Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude;
    I have no relish of them. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Their discipline
    Now mingled with their courage. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Hope arms their courage: from their tow’rs they throw
    Their darts with double force, and drive the foe. Dryden.

    Courage, that grows from constitution, very often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; and when it is only a kind of instinct in the soul, it breaks out on all occasions, without judgment or discretion. That courage which arises from the sense of our duty, and from the fear of offending Him that made us, acts always in an uniform manner, and according to the dictates of right reason. Joseph Addison, Guardian.

    Nothing but the want of common courage was the cause of their misfortunes. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Couragenoun

    the heart; spirit; temper; disposition

  2. Couragenoun

    heart; inclination; desire; will

  3. Couragenoun

    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. Kurt Aichele:

    It’s not the first time that he’s been place in harm’s way, he’s an absolute man of courage.

  2. Lindsay Kagawa Colas:

    Brittney Griner was a model of courage today, bG’s service as an Olympian and global sport ambassador, caring for those most in need, has always distinguished Brittney Griner ; but Brittney Griner is also a human being whose family misses Brittney Griner. Brittney Griner deserves our compassion, understanding, love and support. The WNBA star and Brittney Griner is escorted to a courtroom for a hearing in Khimki outside Moscow on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ( AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko).

  3. Confucius:

    To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle.

  4. Henri-Frederic Amiel:

    To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy.

  5. Charles Luckman:

    Success is that old ABC -- ability, breaks, and courage.

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  • Mel V Biljon Fly
    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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