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Brave synonyms
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Without fear; not afraid; brave; intrepid
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  1. Without fear; not afraid; brave; intrepid
Having or showing courage; brave
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  1. Having or showing courage; brave
  2. Of an action, that requires courage.
  3. Of a person, displaying or possessing courage.
Courageous, or showing bravery.
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  1. Courageous, or showing bravery.
  2. Involving great risk or danger:
  3. Adventurous, willing to take on or look for risks.
Too free in behavior or manner; taking liberties; impudent; shameless
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  1. Too free in behavior or manner; taking liberties; impudent; shameless
  2. Unduly forward and brazen; impudent:
  3. Strong or pronounced; prominent:
Incapable of being intimidated or discouraged; fearless.
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  1. Incapable of being intimidated or discouraged; fearless.
  2. That cannot be daunted or intimidated; fearless
Not discouraged or disheartened; resolutely courageous.
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  1. Not discouraged or disheartened; resolutely courageous.
  2. Showing courage and resolution.
  3. Not daunted; not faltering or hesitating out of fear or discouragement; undismayed; intrepid
Careless; heedless
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  1. Careless; heedless
  2. Not regarding consequences; headlong and irresponsible; rash
  3. Acting or done with a lack of care or caution; careless or irresponsible.
(Now Rare) Valiant; brave
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  1. (Now Rare) Valiant; brave
  2. Marked by stouthearted courage; brave.
Possessing or exhibiting valor; brave:
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  1. Possessing or exhibiting valor; brave:
  2. Full of or characterized by valor or courage; brave
  3. Resolute; determined
Full of confidence
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  1. Full of confidence
  2. Feeling or showing certainty, as of success:
  3. Feeling or showing confidence in oneself; self-assured:
Brave; spirited
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  1. Brave; spirited
  2. Having or showing pluck, courage or spirit in trying circumstances.
Not restrained by a sense of shame or propriety; rudely bold; brazen
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  1. Not restrained by a sense of shame or propriety; rudely bold; brazen
  2. Bold or daring; fearless
  3. Fearlessly, often recklessly daring; bold.
Strong in body; sturdy
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  1. Strong in body; sturdy
  2. Strong in construction; firm; substantial
  3. Thick or strong in structure or substance; solid or substantial:
Marked by showy elegance; splendid:
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  1. Marked by showy elegance; splendid:
  2. Chic, fashionable.
  3. Full of dash or spirit; bold and lively
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  1. Of great mettle; courageous.
  2. Full of mettle; spirited; ardent, brave, etc.
Possessing a bold nature.
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  1. Possessing a bold nature.
  2. Vivacious; lively:
  3. Having or showing a courageous or bold spirit
  1. Lively, vigorous, animated or courageous.
  2. Having a (specified) character, mood, or disposition
  3. Full of spirit; lively; energetic; animated
(Film, literature) Intense and starkly realistic, especially if violent.
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  1. (Film, literature) Intense and starkly realistic, especially if violent.
  2. Containing sand or grit; consisting of grit; caused by grit; full of hard particles.
  3. Characterized by detailed, intensely realistic presentation of the subject, characters, etc., esp. in their negative or unpleasant aspects
Resolutely courageous; fearless.
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  1. Resolutely courageous; fearless.
  2. Not afraid; bold; fearless; dauntless
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  1. Not afraid.
  2. Feeling, exhibiting, or expressing no fear.
Not embarrassed or disconcerted under ordinarily embarrassing or trying circumstances
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  1. Not embarrassed or disconcerted under ordinarily embarrassing or trying circumstances
  2. Not concealed or disguised; obvious:
  3. (Of emotions, facts, actions etc.) That are not concealed or disguised, or not eliciting shame.
Involving chivalry
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  1. Involving chivalry
  2. (Of a man) honourable, especially to women.
  3. Having the noble qualities of an ideal knight; gallant, courteous, honorable, etc.
Having or displaying valour.
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  1. Having or displaying valour.
  2. Having or showing valor; courageous; brave
  3. Marked by or possessing great personal bravery; valiant.
Involving danger or risk; risky; hazardous
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  1. Involving danger or risk; risky; hazardous
  2. Involving risk or danger; hazardous:
  3. Bold; willing to take risks; adventurous.
Going, tending, or moving toward a position in front:
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  1. Going, tending, or moving toward a position in front:
  2. Lacking restraint or modesty; presumptuous or bold:
  3. Moving in a prescribed direction or order for normal use:
Unwisely bold or venturesome; rash.
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  1. Unwisely bold or venturesome; rash.
  2. Bold or daring in a foolish way; rash; reckless
  3. Marked by unthinking recklessness with disregard for danger; bold but rash; hotheaded
Nobly or selflessly resolute:
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  1. Nobly or selflessly resolute:
  2. Smartly or boldly stylish; dashing:
  3. Polite and attentive to women in a courtly way
Fighting or warring.
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  1. Fighting or warring.
  2. Having a combative character; aggressive, especially in the service of a cause:
  3. Ready and willing to fight; esp., vigorous or aggressive in supporting or promoting a cause
  1. Boldly resisting opposition.
  2. Marked by defiance; boldly resisting.
  3. Full of defiance; openly and boldly resisting
Able to withstand difficult or adverse conditions; robust:
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  1. Able to withstand difficult or adverse conditions; robust:
  2. Too bold; full of temerity; rash
  3. Able to survive the winter without special care
Very brave; brave and magnanimous.
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Generous; magnanimous:
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  1. Generous; magnanimous:
  2. Brave; fearless; courageous
  3. Noble or courageous in spirit:
Having or showing characteristics traditionally associated with masculinity, such as courage or reserve.
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  1. Having or showing characteristics traditionally associated with masculinity, such as courage or reserve.
  2. Showing the characteristics considered typical of a man; macho or manly
  3. Manly; brave, resolute, strong, etc.
Legally or formally concluded; definite; final
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  1. Legally or formally concluded; definite; final
  2. Not subject to change; fixed and definite:
  3. Securely fixed in place:
Having enough spirit or enthusiasm; ready (for something)
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  1. Having enough spirit or enthusiasm; ready (for something)
  2. Designating or of wild birds or animals hunted for sport or for use as food
  3. Ready and willing:
Readily detected or received:
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  1. Readily detected or received:
  2. In good or sound health; robust:
  3. Capable of withstanding force or wear; solid, tough, or firm:
Incapable of being changed; unalterable:
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  1. Incapable of being changed; unalterable:
  2. Not giving in; not bending; stubborn.
  3. Not giving way to pressure; hard or inflexible:
Incapable of being overcome, subdued, or vanquished; unconquerable.
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  1. Incapable of being overcome, subdued, or vanquished; unconquerable.
  2. Not easily discouraged, defeated, or subdued; unyielding; unconquerable
Spirited; plucky.
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  1. Spirited; plucky.
  2. (Informal) Having spunk; courageous; spirited
Showing or requiring courage and fortitude; bold.
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  1. Showing or requiring courage and fortitude; bold.
  2. Full of courage; bold
  3. (Rare) Strong; vigorous; sinewy
Marked by courage or daring; plucky.
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  1. Marked by courage or daring; plucky.
  2. (Informal) Full of guts; daring, courageous, forceful, plucky, etc.
  3. Marked by courage and determination in the face of difficulties or danger; having guts
Characterized or motivated by machismo:
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  1. Characterized or motivated by machismo:
  2. Exhibiting or characterized by machismo; overly aggressive, virile, domineering, etc.
  3. Short for massive astrophysical compact halo object. Any of various massive dark objects, such as a brown dwarf star, black hole, or large planet, found in a galactic halo . MACHOs are thought to make up at least a part of the dark matter that apparently pervades much of the universe.
Unduly forward and brazen; impudent:
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  1. Unduly forward and brazen; impudent:
  2. Strong or pronounced; prominent:
  3. Too free in behavior or manner; taking liberties; impudent; shameless
Of a size or scale that is larger than life:
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  1. Of a size or scale that is larger than life:
  2. Having, displaying, or characteristic of the qualities appropriate to a hero; courageous:
  3. Like or characteristic of a hero or his deeds; strong, brave, noble, powerful, etc.
Full of danger; risky
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  1. Full of danger; risky
  2. (Of an act or product) Full of hazard; attended with risk; exposing to danger; requiring courage; rash.
  3. (Of a person) Inclined to adventure; willing to incur risks; prone to embark in hazardous enterprise; rashly daring.
Firm or determined; unwavering.
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  1. Firm or determined; unwavering.
  2. Having or showing a fixed, firm purpose; determined; resolved; unwavering
Of, relating to, or characteristic of men, especially when considered traditionally masculine, as in being courageous or direct:
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  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of men, especially when considered traditionally masculine, as in being courageous or direct:
  2. Fit for a man; masculine
  3. Having the qualities generally regarded as those that a man should have; virile; strong, brave, resolute, honorable, etc.
Resolute; firm; unyielding
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  1. Resolute; firm; unyielding
  2. Strong and imposing:
  3. Strong and well-built; sturdy; robust
Not flinching, yielding, or shrinking; steadfast; resolute
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  1. Not flinching, yielding, or shrinking; steadfast; resolute
  2. Showing neither fear nor indecision; resolute.
  3. Without flinching; staying committed despite any difficulty; steadfast
Of, relating to, or befitting a soldier.
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  1. Of, relating to, or befitting a soldier.
  2. Of, like, or characteristic of a good soldier
  3. In the way of, or appropriate to, a soldier.
Superb; wonderful:
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  1. Superb; wonderful:
  2. Full of light; shining.
  3. Sharp and clear in tone:
Full of interest or variety; vivid
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  1. Full of interest or variety; vivid
  2. Characterized by rich variety; vividly distinctive:
  3. Full of color; abounding in colors:
Magnificent; gorgeous
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  1. Magnificent; gorgeous
  2. Brilliant with light or color; radiant:
  3. Shining; lustrous; brilliant
To bring face to face with:
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  1. To bring face to face with:
  2. To come up against; encounter:
  3. To come face to face with, especially with defiance or hostility:
To expose to the chance of injury, damage, or loss; hazard
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  1. To expose to the chance of injury, damage, or loss; hazard
  2. To incur the risk of:
  3. To incur the risk of
To pay respectful or flattering attention to (a person) in order to get something
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  1. To pay respectful or flattering attention to (a person) in order to get something
  2. To try to gain the love or affections of, especially to seek to marry.
  3. To behave so as to invite or incur:
Not restrained by a sense of shame or propriety; rudely bold; brazen
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  1. Not restrained by a sense of shame or propriety; rudely bold; brazen
  2. Bold or daring; fearless
  3. Fearlessly, often recklessly daring; bold.
Having or showing courage; brave
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  1. Having or showing courage; brave
  2. Of an action, that requires courage.
  3. Of a person, displaying or possessing courage.
Incapable of being intimidated or discouraged; fearless.
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  1. Incapable of being intimidated or discouraged; fearless.
  2. That cannot be daunted or intimidated; fearless
(Now Rare) Valiant; brave
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  1. (Now Rare) Valiant; brave
  2. Marked by stouthearted courage; brave.
Without fear; not afraid; brave; intrepid
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  1. Without fear; not afraid; brave; intrepid
  1. Having fortitude; courageous.
  2. Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Having to do with love; amorous
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  1. Having to do with love; amorous
  2. Smartly or boldly stylish; dashing:
  3. Polite and attentive to women in a courtly way
Having enough spirit or enthusiasm; ready (for something)
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  1. Having enough spirit or enthusiasm; ready (for something)
  2. Designating or of wild birds or animals hunted for sport or for use as food
  3. Crippled; lame:
Too bold; full of temerity; rash
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  1. Too bold; full of temerity; rash
  2. Able to withstand difficult or adverse conditions; robust:
  3. Able to survive the winter without special care
Of a size or scale that is larger than life:
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  1. Of a size or scale that is larger than life:
  2. Like or characteristic of a hero or his deeds; strong, brave, noble, powerful, etc.
  3. Having, displaying, or characteristic of the qualities appropriate to a hero; courageous:
Resolutely courageous; fearless.
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  1. Resolutely courageous; fearless.
  2. Not afraid; bold; fearless; dauntless
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  1. Of great mettle; courageous.
  2. Full of mettle; spirited; ardent, brave, etc.
Brave; spirited
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  1. Brave; spirited
  2. Having or showing pluck, courage or spirit in trying circumstances.
Bulky in figure; thickset or corpulent.
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  1. Bulky in figure; thickset or corpulent.
  2. Strong in body; sturdy:
  3. Thick or strong in structure or substance; solid or substantial:
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  1. Not afraid.
  2. Feeling, exhibiting, or expressing no fear.
  1. Not shaken, discouraged or disheartened.
  2. Showing courage and resolution.
  3. Not daunted; not faltering or hesitating out of fear or discouragement; undismayed; intrepid
Possessing or exhibiting valor; brave:
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  1. Possessing or exhibiting valor; brave:
  2. Full of or characterized by valor or courage; brave
  3. Resolute; determined
Having or displaying valour.
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  1. Having or displaying valour.
  2. Having or showing valor; courageous; brave
  3. Marked by or possessing great personal bravery; valiant.
Spirited; plucky.
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  1. Spirited; plucky.
  2. (Informal) Having spunk; courageous; spirited
Marked by courage or daring; plucky.
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  1. Marked by courage or daring; plucky.
  2. Marked by courage and determination in the face of difficulties or danger; having guts
  3. (Informal) Full of guts; daring, courageous, forceful, plucky, etc.
A tractor with a large, shovel-like blade on the front, for pushing or moving earth, debris, etc.
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  1. A tractor with a large, shovel-like blade on the front, for pushing or moving earth, debris, etc.
  2. A heavy, driver-operated machine for clearing and grading land, usually having continuous treads and a broad hydraulic blade in front.
  3. An overbearing person; a bully.
(Brit., Dial.) A companion or comrade
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  1. (Brit., Dial.) A companion or comrade
  2. A person who is habitually cruel or overbearing, especially to smaller or weaker people.
  3. A person who hurts, frightens, or tyrannizes over those who are smaller or weaker
(Name, person, proper) A masculine name
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  1. (Name, person, proper) A masculine name
  2. (Person, proper) In Homer's Iliad, the greatest Trojan hero, killed by Achilles to avenge the death of Patroclus: he is the eldest son of Priam and Hecuba
  3. A bully.
To furnish with a beard.
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  1. To furnish with a beard.
  2. A tuft or group of hairs or bristles on certain plants, such as barley and wheat. The individual strands of a beard are attached to a sepal or petal.
  3. To face or oppose courageously or brazenly, as if grasping by the beard; defy
To summon to action, effort, or use; stimulate:
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  1. To summon to action, effort, or use; stimulate:
  2. To take exception to; call into question; dispute:
  3. An objection, exception, or other formal questioning of the capability or legal qualifications of a person, the existence of a right, or the legality of an action or thing. An objection, exception, or other formal questioning of the capability or legal qualifications of a person, the existence of a right, or the legality of an action or thing. An objection by a party or a lawyer to a potential juror or jury panel and his or her request that a judge disqualify the individual or the panel from hearing that party’s cause or trial. To call into question.
To have the courage required for:
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  1. To have the courage required for:
  2. To be courageous or bold enough to do or try something:
  3. To oppose and defy; face
To challenge or dare (someone) to do something:
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  1. To challenge or dare (someone) to do something:
  2. To resist completely in a baffling way
  3. To oppose or resist with boldness and assurance:
To line or trim the edge of, especially with contrasting material:
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  1. To line or trim the edge of, especially with contrasting material:
  2. To occupy a position with the face toward:
  3. To bring or to be brought face to face with:
To have a front; face onto something else:
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  1. To have a front; face onto something else:
  2. To serve as a front for.
  3. To face; be opposite to

Synonym Study

  • Plucky emphasizes gameness in fighting against something when one is at a decided disadvantage
  • Intrepid implies absolute fearlessness and esp. suggests dauntlessness in facing the new or unknown
  • Valiant emphasizes a heroic quality in the courage or fortitude shown
  • Audacious suggests an imprudent or reckless boldness
  • Bold stresses a daring temperament, whether displayed courageously, presumptuously, or defiantly
  • Courageous suggests readiness to deal with things fearlessly by reason of a stout-hearted temperament or a resolute spirit
  • Brave implies fearlessness in meeting danger or difficulty and has the broadest application of the words considered here
Find another word for brave. In this page you can discover 115 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for brave, like: fearless, courageous, daring, bold, dauntless, undaunted, reckless, doughty, valiant, undismayed and confident.