From Middle English corage, from Old French corage (French courage), from Vulgar Latin *corāticum, from Latin cor (“heart”). Distantly related to cardiac (“of the heart”), which is from Greek, but from the same Proto-Indo-European root. Displaced Middle English elne, ellen, from Old English ellen (“courage, valor”).
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkʌɹ.ɪdʒ/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈkʌɹ.ɪd͡ʒ/, /ˈkɝ.ɪd͡ʒ/
- The quality of being confident, not afraid or easily intimidated, but without being incautious or inconsiderate.
- 1813 January 27, [Jane Austen], Pride and Prejudice: […], volumes (please specify |volume=I to III), London: […] [George Sidney] for T[homas] Egerton, […], →OCLC:
- There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.
- It takes a lot of courage to be successful in business.
- The ability to overcome one's fear, do or live things which one finds frightening.
- He plucked up the courage to tell her how he felt.
- 1897, Mark Twain [pseudonym; Samuel Langhorne Clemens], “[Pudd’nhead Wilson] Chapter XII”, in The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson: And the Comedy Those Extraordinary Twins, Hartford, Conn.: American Publishing Company, →OCLC, page 155:
- Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.
- The ability to maintain one's will or intent despite either the experience of fear, frailty, or frustration; or the occurrence of adversity, difficulty, defeat or reversal. Moral fortitude.
- 1960 July 11, Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, Philadelphia, Pa., New York, N.Y.: J[oshua] B[allinger] Lippincott Company, →OCLC:
- I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
- 1993, Stanley P. Cornils, The Mourning After: How to Manage Grief Wisely:
- Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.
- 2008, Maya Angelou, address for the 2008 Cornell University commencement
- Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.
- 2008, Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay:
- I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.
- See also Thesaurus:courage
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- (obsolete) To encourage. [15th–17th c.]
- 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter X, in Le Morte Darthur, book XIX:
- And wete yow wel sayd kynge Arthur vnto Vrres syster I shalle begynne to handle hym and serche vnto my power not presumyng vpon me that I am soo worthy to hele youre sone by my dedes / but I wille courage other men of worshyp to doo as I wylle doo
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- 1530, William Tyndale, An Answer unto Sir Thomas More's Dialogue:
- Paul writeth unto Timothy, to instruct him, to teach him, to exhort, to courage him, to stir him up,
See also Edit
courage m (plural courages)
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- bon courage
- prendre son courage à deux mains