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Definitions for courageous
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brave, courageousadjective

    possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching

    "Familiarity with danger makes a brave man braver but less daring"- Herman Melville; "a frank courageous heart...triumphed over pain"- William Wordsworth; "set a courageous example by leading them safely into and out of enemy-held territory"


  1. courageousadjective

    Of a person, displaying or possessing courage.

    the most courageous man I have ever met

  2. courageousadjective

    Of an action, that requires courage.

    a courageous deed

  3. Etymology: corageus, from corage + -eus

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Courageousadjective

    Brave; daring; bold; enterprising; adventurous; hardy; stout.

    Etymology: from courage.

    His is very courageous mad, about his throwing into the water. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    And he that is courageous among the mighty, shall flee away naked in that day. Amos, ii. 16.

    Let us imitate the courageous example of St. Paul, who chose then to magnify his office when ill men conspired to lessen it. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.


  1. Courageous

    Courageous is a song by contemporary Christian music band Casting Crowns, released by Beach Street Records, Reunion Records, and Provident Label Group. Written by Mark Hall and Matthew West and produced by Mark A. Miller, it was released on July 19, 2011 as the first single from the band's 2011 album Come to the Well. Hall has said the inspiration for the song was at the National Day of Prayer breakfast in 2008. A rock, pop rock and soft rock song, it calls fathers to be better spiritual leaders. "Courageous" was received positively by critics, many of whom praised the song as one of the best off of Come to the Well. It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs and Christian AC Indicator charts and also peaked inside the top five on the Hot Christian Songs, Christian CHR, and Soft AC/Inspirational charts. It peaked at number four on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, which measures the top twenty-five singles that have not entered the Billboard Hot 100, and number sixteen on the Heatseekers Songs chart.


  1. courageous

    Courageous refers to the quality of having bravery or being willing to confront and persevere through difficulties, fear, pain, or daunting challenges with strength and resolve. A courageous person is not afraid to take risks or stand up for what they believe in, regardless of potential consequences.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Courageousadjective

    possessing, or characterized by, courage; brave; bold


  1. Courageous

    Courageous is a 12-metre class yacht. She was the third boat to win the America's Cup twice, in 1974 and 1977, after Columbia in 1899 and 1901, and Intrepid in 1967 and 1970. All three of these boats won for the New York Yacht Club and thus the United States. Courageous was the first all aluminum-hulled 12-metre class yacht. Courageous successfully defended the America's Cup for the USA in 1974 with Ted Hood at the helm. After the 1974 cup, Hood built a new boat which he thought was faster than Courageous, and sold Courageous to Ted Turner. Turner won the 1977 America's Cup defender trials in Courageous, beating Hood in the process, and then went on to successfully defend the America's Cup later that year. When preparing Courageous for the 1977 America's Cup, she was re-measured for compliance with the 12-metre class rule. It was discovered that she was lighter than the weight declared in her original racing certificate for the 1974 America's Cup. Less weight typically means a faster performance in lighter winds and a slower performance in stronger winds. If Courageous had been found to be under weight before the competition in 1974 then the designers would have had to make adjustments to sail area, the waterline length, or other attributes to make the design comply with the 12-metre rule. If Courageous was found to be underweight during the event she would have been disqualified. It is only conjecture what effect this oversight had on the result of the 1974 event.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of courageous in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of courageous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of courageous in a Sentence

  1. Peter Drucker:

    Management means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folkways and superstition, and of cooperation for force. It means the substitution of responsibility for obedience to rank, and of authority of performance for the authority of rank. Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.

  2. John Milton:

    But wherefore thou alone Wherefore with theeCame not all hell broke loose Is pain to themLess pain, less to be fled, or thou than theyLess hardy to endure Courageous chief,The first in flight from pain, hadst thou allegedTo thy deserted host this cause of flight,Thou surely hadst not come sole fugitive.

  3. Pope Francis:

    I am in God's hands, am I afraid ? You know that I have a defect, a nice of dose of being careless. If anything should happen to me, I have told the Lord, I ask you only to give me the grace that it doesn't hurt because I am not courageous when confronted with pain. I am very timid.

  4. Philip Seymour Hoffman:

    And so I thank you for casting this short, 29-year-old, unknown actor with a prominent nose to play Benjamin Braddock, god bless you, sir. You're more than a great director. You're a real artist down to your toes, because you're insanely courageous.

  5. David Barram:

    These Republican senators and Cabinet members who are letting Emily Murphy sit out there twisting in the wind strike me as not courageous. They're being not courageous in asking Emily Murphy to be courageous. It's just not right. Emily Murphy can not avoid the responsibility that's hers to ascertain. But it sure would be better for a lot of us if Emily Murphy had a lot more cover.

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