|brave (brv)|adj. brav·er
1. Possessing or displaying courage; valiant.
2. Making a fine display; impressive or showy: a coat of brave red lipstick on a mouth so wrinkled that it didnt even have a clear outline (Anne Tyler).
3. Excellent; great: The Romans were like brothers/In the brave days of old (Thomas Macaulay).
1. A Native American warrior.
2. A courageous person.
3. Archaic A bully.
v. braved, brav·ing, braves
1. To undergo or face courageously.
2. To challenge; dare: Together they would brave Satan and all his legions (Emily Brontë).
3. Obsolete To make showy or splendid.
To make a courageous show or put up a stalwart front.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Old Italian or Old Spanish bravo, wild, brave, excellent, probably from Vulgar Latin *brabus, from Latin barbarus; see barbarous.]
bravely adv. braveness n. Synonyms: brave, courageous, fearless, intrepid, bold, audacious, valiant, valorous, mettlesome, plucky, dauntless, undaunted
These adjectives mean having or showing courage under difficult or dangerous conditions. Brave,
the least specific, is frequently associated with an innate quality: Familiarity with danger makes a brave man braver
(Herman Melville). Courageous
implies consciously rising to a specific test by drawing on a reserve of inner strength: The courageous soldier helped the civilians escape from the enemy. Fearless
emphasizes absence of fear and resolute self-possession: world-class [boating] races for fearless loners willing to face the distinct possibility of being run down, dismasted, capsized, attacked by whales
(Jo Ann Morse Ridley). Intrepid
sometimes suggests invulnerability to fear: Intrepid pioneers settled the American West. Bold
stresses readiness to meet danger or difficulty and often a tendency to seek it out: If we shrink from the hard contests where men must win at the hazard of their lives ... then bolder and stronger peoples will pass us by
(Theodore Roosevelt). Audacious
implies extreme confidence and boldness: To demand these God-given rights is to seek black powerwhat I call audacious power
(Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.) Valiant
suggests the bravery of a hero or a heroine: a sympathetic and detailed biography that sees Hemingway as a valiant and moral man
(New York Times). Valorous
applies to the deeds of heroes and heroines: The other hostages [will] never forget her calm, confident, valorous work
(William W. Bradley). Mettlesome
stresses spirit and love of challenge: her horse, whose mettlesome spirit required a better rider
(Henry Fielding). Plucky
emphasizes spirit and heart in the face of unfavorable odds: Everybody was ... anxious to show these Belgians what England thought of their plucky little country
(H.G. Wells). Dauntless
refers to courage that resists subjection or intimidation: So faithful in love, and so dauntless in war,/There never was knight like the young Lochinvar
(Sir Walter Scott). Undaunted
suggests persistent courage and resolve: Death and sorrow will be the companions of our journey.... We must be united, we must be undaunted, we must be inflexible
(Winston S. Churchill). See Also Synonyms at defy