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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Brave


BRAVE, adjective

1. Courageous; bold; daring; intrepid; fearless of danger; as a brave warrior. It usually unites the sense of courage with generosity and dignity of mind; qualities often united.

The brave man will not deliberately do an injury to his fellow man.

2. Gallant; lofty; graceful; having a noble mien.

3. Magnificent; grand; as a brave place.

4. Excellent; noble; dignified. But in modern usage, it has nearly lost its application to things.

5. Gaudy; showy in dress.

BRAVE, noun A hector; a man daring beyond discretion or decency.

Hot braves like these may fight.

1. A boast; a challenge; a defiance.

BRAVE, verb transitive To defy; to challenge; to encounter with courage and fortitude, or without being moved; to set at defiance.

The ills of love I can brave

The rock that braves the tempest.

1. To carry a boasting appearance of; as, to brave that which they believe not.