Courage by definition, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, difficulty or fear. The first known use of the word courage was in the fourteenth century. The word courage comes from Middle English corage, from Anglo-French curage, and from quer and coer – meaning heart in Latin.

Etymology: c.1300, from O.Fr. corage (12c., Mod.Fr. courage) “heart, innermost feelings; temper,” from V.L. *coraticum (cf. It. coraggio, Sp. coraje), from L. cor “heart,” which remains a common metaphor for inner strength. In M.E., used broadly for “what is in one’s mind or thoughts,” hence “bravery,” but also “wrath, pride, confidence, lustiness,” or any sort of inclination. Replaced O.E. ellen, which also meant “zeal, strength.”

Synonyms include: bravery, courageousness, daring, daringness, dauntlessness, doughtiness, fearlessness, gallantry, greatheartedness, guts, gutsiness, hardihood, heart, heroism, intestinal fortitude, intrepidity, intrepidness, moxie, nerve, prowess, stoutness, valor, virtue

Antonyms include: cowardice, cowardliness, cravenness, dastardliness, poltroonery, spinelessness

Related Words include: backbone, fiber, fortitude, grit, gumption, mettle, pluck, pluckiness, spunk, temper, determination, perseverance, resolution, endurance, stamina, stomach, tenacity, audacity, boldness, brazenness, cheek, effrontery, gall, temerity

Near Antonyms include: cold feet, faintheartedness, fearfulness, mousiness, timidity, timorousness; feebleness, softness, weakness, impotence, ineffectualness, hesitation, indecision, indecisiveness, irresolution

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  1. Good!
    The first post is the hardest….now you are free to write about anything that you can connect to courage (like Offred’s courage?) I did suspect the word came from the French “couer”….Joan of Arc was certainly one of the best examples of the word. She’s in the 14th Century…a little after the word originates…but I’ll bet she made the word popular.


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