Definition of courage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

courage

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈkʌrɪdʒ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɜːrɪdʒ//
 
[uncountable] Brave
 
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  • the ability to do something dangerous, or to face pain or opposition, without showing fear synonym bravery He showed great courage and determination. I haven't yet plucked up the courage to ask her. moral/physical courage courage in the face of danger see also Dutch courage See related entries: Brave
  • Word Origin Middle English (denoting the heart, as the seat of feelings): from Old French corage, from Latin cor ‘heart’.Extra examples He lacked the courage to try something new. He showed great calmness and courage under fire. I admire your courage in saying what you think. I didn’t have the courage to tell him. I finally plucked up enough courage to speak to Rachel. It takes courage to sing in public. This is a chance for him to show leadership and political courage. an act of personal courage that moved people stories of incredible physical courage I haven’t yet plucked up the courage to ask her. She displayed remarkable courage in the face of danger. Unfortunately, they lack the moral courage to speak out against what is happening. You need to have the courage of your convictions.Idioms
    have/lack the courage of your convictions
     
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    to be/not be brave enough to do what you feel to be right See related entries: Brave
    to force yourself to be brave enough to do something I finally screwed up my courage and went to the dentist. See related entries: Brave
    take courage (from something)
     
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    to begin to feel happier and more confident because of something See related entries: Brave
    take your courage in both hands
     
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    to make yourself do something that you are afraid of Taking her courage in both hands, she opened the door and walked in. See related entries: Brave
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: courage