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1. The quality of being brave; fearless; intrepidity. Remember, sir, my liege, . . . The natural bravery of your isle. (Shak)

2. The act of braving; defiance; bravado. Reform, then, without bravery or scandal of former times and persons.

3. Splendor; magnificence; showy appearance; ostentation; fine dress. With scarfs and fans and double change of bravery. (Shak) Like a stately ship . . . With all her bravery on, and tackle trim. (Milton)

4. A showy person; a fine gentleman; a beau. A man that is the bravery of his age. (Beau. & Fl)

Synonym: Courage, heroism, interpidity, gallantry, valor, fearlessness, dauntlessness, hardihood, manfulness. See Courage, and heroism.

Origin: cf. F. Braverie.