noun: 1. the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery. 2. Obsolete. the heart as the source of emotion. Related words: fearlessness, spunk, grit, daring, endurance, tenacity, audacity, heroism, determination, firmness, prowess, valor, fortitude, spirit, bravery, gallantry, nerve, backbone, intrepidity, power. Idiom: "have the courage of one's convictions," to act in accordance with one's beliefs, especially in spite of criticism. Origin: 1250–1300; Middle English corage < Old French, equivalent to cuer heart (< Latin cor; see heart) + -age -age. Synonyms: 1 fearlessness, dauntlessness, intrepidity, pluck, spirit. Antonym: 1 cowardice. Synonym study: 1. Courage, bravery, valor, bravado refer to qualities of spirit and conduct. Courage permits one to face extreme dangers and difficulties without fear: to take (or lose) courage. Bravery implies true courage with daring and an intrepid boldness: bravery in a battle. Valor implies heroic courage: valor in fighting for the right. Bravado is now usually a boastful and ostentatious pretense of courage or bravery: empty bravado. British dictionary: 1. the power or quality of dealing with or facing danger, fear, pain, etc. 2. "the courage of one's convictions," the confidence to act in accordance with one's beliefs. 3. "take one's courage in both hands," to nerve oneself to perform an action. 4. obsolete mind; disposition; spirit. Origin: C13: from Old French corage, from cuer heart, from Latin cor. Idioms and phrases: courage of one's convictions, have the. Also see: Dutch courage, pluck up (one's courage). Source.