Meaning of COURAGE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈkər-ij, ˈkə-rij ]


Etymology: Middle English corage, from Anglo-French curage, from quer, coer heart, from Latin cor — more at heart

Date: 14th century

: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty


courage , mettle , spirit , resolution , tenacity mean mental or moral strength to resist opposition, danger, or hardship. courage implies firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty

the courage to support unpopular causes

mettle suggests an ingrained capacity for meeting strain or difficulty with fortitude and resilience

a challenge that will test your mettle

spirit also suggests a quality of temperament enabling one to hold one's own or keep up one's morale when opposed or threatened

her spirit was unbroken by failure

resolution stresses firm determination to achieve one's ends

the resolution of pioneer women

tenacity adds to resolution implications of stubborn persistence and unwillingness to admit defeat

held to their beliefs with great tenacity

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.