courage Definition

  • 1the ability to do something that frightens one
  • 2strength in the face of pain or grief

Using courage: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "courage" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    It took a lot of courage to speak up against the injustice.

  • Example

    The firefighters showed great courage in rescuing the people trapped inside the burning building.

  • Example

    She faced her fears with courage and determination.

courage Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for courage

Antonyms for courage

Idioms Using courage

  • pluck up (one's) courage

    to summon the courage to do something difficult or frightening


    She plucked up her courage and went bungee jumping for the first time.

  • to be confident in oneself and not seek approval or validation from others


    She has the courage to be disliked and doesn't care what others think of her.

  • a difficult or dangerous situation that requires bravery to overcome


    The expedition through the jungle was a trial of courage for the explorers.

Phrases with courage

  • have the courage of one's convictions

    to act according to one's beliefs despite opposition or criticism


    She had the courage of her convictions and stood up for what she believed in.

  • to summon the courage to do something difficult or frightening


    He took his courage in both hands and asked her out on a date.

  • lose one's courage

    to become afraid or lose confidence


    She lost her courage when she saw the size of the waves.

Origins of courage

from Old French 'corage', from Latin 'cor', meaning 'heart'


Summary: courage in Brief

The term 'courage' [ˈkʌrɪdʒ] refers to the ability to face fear and pain with strength and bravery. It is exemplified by acts like speaking up against injustice, as well as idioms like 'pluck up (one's) courage,' which denotes summoning bravery to do something difficult. 'Courage' extends into phrases like 'have the courage of one's convictions,' denoting acting according to one's beliefs, and 'a trial of courage,' implying a difficult situation that requires bravery.

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