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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers
Section II. Personal Affections
3. Prospective Affections

861. [Absence of Fear.] Courage.

   NOUN:COURAGE, bravery, valor or valour; resoluteness, boldness &c. adj.; spirit, daring, gallantry, intrepidity, prowess, heroism, chivalry; contempt -, defiance- of danger; derring-do [pseudo-archaic]; audacity; rashness [See Rashness]; dash; defiance [See Defiance]; confidence, self-reliance.
  manhood, manliness, nerve, pluck, mettle, game; heart, – of grace; spunk [colloq.], grit, virtue, hardihood, fortitude; firmness (stability) [See Stability]; heart of oak; bottom, backbone (preseverance) [See Resolution]a; resolution (determination) [See Resolution]; tenacity, bulldog courage.
  EXPLOIT, feat, deed, act, achievement; heroic, -deed, – act; bold stroke.
  BRAVE MAN, man of courage, man of mettle; a man; hero, demigod, paladin; Hercules, Theseus, Perseus, Achilles, Hector; Bayard, chevalier sans peur et sans reproche; Lancelot, Sir Galahad.
  BRAVE WOMAN, heroine, Amazon, Joan of Arc.
  [COMPARISONS] lion, tiger, panther, bulldog; gamecock, fighting-cock.
  DARE-DEVIL, fire eater [See Rashness].
   VERB:BE COURAGEOUS &c. adj.; dare, venture, make bold; face -, front -, affront -, confront -, brave -, defy -, despise -, mock- danger; look in the face; look -full, – boldly, – danger- in the face; face; meet, meet in front; brave, beard; defy [See Defiance].
  bell the cat, take the bull by the horns, beard the lion in his den, march up to the cannon’s mouth, go through fire and water, run the gantlet or gauntlet.
  NERVE oneself; take -, muster -, summon up -, pluck up- courage; take heart; take -, pluck up- heart of grace; hold up one’s head, screw one’s courage to the sticking place; come -to, – up to- the scratch; stand, – to one’s guns, – fire, – against; bear up, – against; hold out (persevere) [See Perseverance]
  put a bold face upon; show -, present- a bold front; show fight; face the music.
  HEARTEN; give -, infuse -, inspire- courage; reassure, encourage, embolden, inspirit, cheer, nerve, put upon one’s mettle, rally, raise a rallying cry; pat on the back, make a man of, keep in countenance.
   ADJECTIVE:COURAGEOUS, brave, valiant, valorous, gallant, intrepid, spirited, spiritful; high-spirited, high-mettled, mettlesome, plucky; manly, manful, resolute, stout, stout-hearted; iron-hearted, lion-hearted; heart of oak; Penthesilean.
  bold, bold-spirited; daring, audacious; fearless, dauntless, aweless, dreadless [obs.]; undaunted, unappalled, undismayed, unawed, unblenched, unabashed, unalarmed, unflinching, unshrinking, unblenching, unapprehensive; confident, self-reliant; bold as -a lion, – brass [colloq.].
  ENTERPRISING, adventurous, venturous, venturesome, dashing, chivalrous; soldierly (warlike) [See Warfare]; heroic.
  FIERCE, savage; pugnacious (bellicose) [See Contention].
  STRONG-MINDED, strong-willed, hardy, doughty [archaic or humorous]; firm (stable) [See Stability]; determined (resolved) [See Resolution]; dogged, indomitable (persevering) [See Perseverance]
  upon one’s mettle; up to the scratch; reassured &c. v.; unfeared, undreaded.
  1. One’s blood being up.
  2. Courage sans peur.
  3. Fortes fortuna adjuvat.—Terence
  4. Have I not in my time heard lions roar.—Taming of the Shrew
  5. I dare do all that may become a man.—Macbeth
  6. Male vincetis sed vincite.—Ovid
  7. Omne solum forti patria.
  8. Self-trust is the essence of heroism.—Emerson
  9. Stimulos dedit æmula virtus.—Lucan
  10. Strong and great, a hero.—Longfellow
  11. Teloque animus præstantior omni.—Ovid
  12. There is always safety in valor.—Emerson
  13. Virtus ariete fortior.
  14. The way to avoid death is not to have too much aversion to it.—Chesterton