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courage


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Courage  \Cour"age\  (k?r"?j;48),  n.  [OE.  corage  heart,  mind, 
  will  courage,  OF  corage,  F.  courage,  fr  a  LL  derivative 
  of  L.  cor  heart.  See  {Heart}.] 
  1.  The  heart;  spirit;  temper;  disposition.  [Obs.] 
 
  So  priketh  hem  nature  in  here  corages.  --Chaucer. 
 
  My  lord,  cheer  up  your  spirits;  our  foes  are  nigh, 
  and  this  soft  courage  makes  your  followers  faint. 
  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Heart;  inclination;  desire;  will  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  I'd  such  a  courage  to  do  him  good.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  That  quality  of  mind  which  enables  one  to  encounter  danger 
  and  difficulties  with  firmness,  or  without  fear,  or 
  fainting  of  heart;  valor;  boldness;  resolution. 
 
  The  king-becoming  graces  .  .  .  Devotion,  patience, 
  courage,  fortitude,  I  have  no  relish  of  them 
  --Shak. 
 
  Courage  that  grows  from  constitution  often  forsakes 
  a  man  when  he  has  occasion  for  it  --Addison. 
 
  Syn:  Heroism;  bravery;  intrepidity;  valor;  gallantry;  daring; 
  firmness;  hardihood;  boldness;  dauntlessness; 
  resolution. 
 
  Usage:  See  {Heroism}.  --  {Courage},  {Bravery},  {Fortitude}, 
  {Intrepidity},  {Gallantry},  {Valor}.  Courage  is  that 
  firmness  of  spirit  and  swell  of  soul  which  meets 
  danger  without  fear.  Bravery  is  daring  and  impetuous 
  courage,  like  that  of  one  who  has  the  reward 
  continually  in  view,  and  displays  his  courage  in 
  daring  acts  Fortitude  has  often  been  styled  ``passive 
  courage,''  and  consist  in  the  habit  of  encountering 
  danger  and  enduring  pain  with  a  steadfast  and  unbroken 
  spirit.  Valor  is  courage  exhibited  in  war,  and  can  not 
  be  applied  to  single  combats;  it  is  never  used 
  figuratively.  Intrepidity  is  firm,  unshaken  courage. 
  Gallantry  is  adventurous  courage,  which  courts  danger 
  with  a  high  and  cheerful  spirit.  A  man  may  show 
  courage,  fortitude,  or  intrepidity  in  the  common 
  pursuits  of  life,  as  well  as  in  war.  Valor,  bravery, 
  and  gallantry  are  displayed  in  the  contest  of  arms. 
  Valor  belongs  only  to  battle;  bravery  may  be  shown  in 
  single  combat;  gallantry  may  be  manifested  either  in 
  attack  or  defense;  but  in  the  latter  ease,  the  defense 
  is  usually  turned  into  an  attack. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  courage 
  n  :  a  quality  of  spirit  that  enables  you  to  face  danger  of  pain 
  without  showing  fear  [syn:  {courageousness},  {bravery}] 
  [ant:  {cowardice}] 




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