courage - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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  1. the ability to do something that you know is right or good, even though it is dangerous, frightening, or very difficult

    She has shown immense courage in opposing a corrupt and violent regime.

    have the courage to do something:

    I didn’t have the courage to admit I was wrong.

    pluck up/summon up (the) courage (=try to make yourself feel brave enough to do something):

    Eventually I plucked up the courage and made an appointment with the doctor.

    it takes courage to do something:

    It took a great deal of courage to leave her friends.

    1. a.
      the ability to be brave when you are in great pain

      He had faced his illness with great courage.