Bravado

  • 1Bravado — Bra*va do, n., pl. {Bravadoes}. [Sp. bravada, bravata, boast, brag: cf. F. bravade. See {Brave}.] Boastful and threatening behavior; a boastful menace. [1913 Webster] In spite of our host s bravado. Irving. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2Bravado — may refer to:* A pretense of bravery * The quality or state of being foolhardy * A blustering swaggering conduct * The Bravados * Bravado is the second track by the Canadian power trio Rush on their 1991 album, Roll the Bones * A vehicle… …

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  • 3bravado — index audacity, pretense (ostentation) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 4bravado — (n.) 1580s, from Fr. bravade bragging, boasting, from It. bravata bragging, boasting (16c.), from bravare brag, boast, be defiant, from bravo (see BRAVE (Cf. brave) (adj.)). Influenced in form by Spanish words ending in ado …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5bravado — [n] boastfulness blowing, bluff, bluster, boasting, bombast, braggadocio, bragging, bullying, crowing*, fancy talk*, fuming*, gasconade, grandiosity, guts*, hot air*, pomposity, pretension, raging, railing, rant, selfglorification, storming,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6bravado — ► NOUN ▪ boldness intended to impress or intimidate. ORIGIN Spanish bravada, from bravo brave …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7bravado — [brə vä′dō] n. [altered < Sp bravada < bravo, BRAVE] pretended courage or defiant confidence when one is really afraid …

    English World dictionary

  • 8bravado — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ sheer ▪ mere ▪ false, forced ▪ macho, male ▪ typical (esp …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 9bravado — bravery, bravado, bravura Bravery is a general word for ‘being brave’ or ‘brave action’ (as a virtue), whereas bravado means ‘ostentatious courage or boldness’, often concealing fear or reluctance: • It was a gesture of bravado rather than a… …

    Modern English usage

  • 10bravado — [[t]brəvɑ͟ːdoʊ[/t]] N UNCOUNT Bravado is an appearance of courage or confidence that someone shows in order to impress other people. You won t get away with this, he said with unexpected bravado …

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  • 11bravado — noun a) A swaggering show of defiance or courage. The angry customer stood in the middle of the showroom and voiced his complaints with loud bravado. b) A false show of courage …

    Wiktionary

  • 12bravado — bra|va|do [brəˈva:dəu US dou] n [U] [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: bravade and Old Spanish bravata, from Old Italian bravata, from brava; BRAVE1] behaviour that is deliberately intended to make other people believe you are brave and… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13bravado — bra|va|do [ brə vadou ] noun uncount a brave and confident way of behaving, especially when you do not really feel like this: teenage bravado …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14bravado — noun (U) behaviour that is deliberately intended to show how brave and confident you are: youthful bravado …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15bravado — noun his bravado seems so phony and overplayed Syn: boldness, swaggering, bluster; machismo; boasting, bragging, bombast, braggadocio; informal showing off …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16bravado — UK [brəˈvɑːdəʊ] / US [brəˈvɑdoʊ] noun [uncountable] a brave and confident way of behaving, especially when you do not really feel like this teenage bravado …

    English dictionary

  • 17bravado — noun (plural does or dos) Etymology: Middle French bravade & Old Spanish bravata, from Old Italian bravata, from bravare to challenge, show off, from bravo Date: circa 1580 1. a …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18bravado — /breuh vah doh/, n., pl. bravadoes, bravados. a pretentious, swaggering display of courage. [1575 85; < Sp bravada (now bravata < It), equiv. to brav(o) BRAVE + ada ADE1] Syn. brag, bluster, bombast, braggadocio. See courage. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 19bravado — Synonyms and related words: adventuresomeness, adventurousness, arrogance, audaciousness, audacity, balls, bluff, bluster, bluster and bluff, blustering, boast, boastfulness, boasting, bold front, boldness, bombast, brag, braggadocio, braggartism …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20bravado — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. See boasting, insolence. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. boasting, bluster, bold front, swagger, vaunting, bragging, gasconade, grandiosity, fanfaronade, bombast, rant, braggadocio, bullying, blowing, puffing …

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