Expressions using Themes (e.g. Collocations, IELTS, Business English)

Exam Vocabulary and Synonyms for Bravery

On this page, you will find lists of words to help you expand your vocabulary related to the word ‘bravery’. There are nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs, so you will learn how to put stronger sentences together with more sophisticated language. Practicing forming sentences in this way is particularly good if you are preparing for exams, such as IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, SAT, LSAT, Civil Services, and Banking.

Example Sentence Showing Synonyms and Different Word Forms:

He was awarded a medal for exemplary (adjective) courage (noun) in the face of danger. His actions were recognised as exceedingly (adverb) heroic (adjective) in terms of the circumstances he faced.

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HOW TO USE OUR SYNONYM TABLES:

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

In this column, you will find words that you will come across in everyday English, and which are even suitable for exams like IELTS or TOEFL.

*An asterisk means that this word is less popular in everyday English than the other words in the list. These words may also be asked in some simpler exams.

In this column, you will find words that are likely to be asked in more Advanced Exams, such as GRE, MBA, SAT/LSAT, Civil Service, Banks, etc.

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Some Nouns for Bravery

(e.g. she showed great courage; they displayed heroism in the way they behaved; he was awarded for his valour)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

She showed great courage as she recovered from her accident.

She had the audacity* to say that it was all my fault!

*This word is usually used in a negative sense. It is not bravery in a positive sense.

The soldier’s heroism was rewarded during the ceremony.

He received a medal for his valour shown on the battlefield.

He displayed a measure of dauntlessness in the face of danger that was admirable.

She maintained her temerity* and kept contradicting the teacher.

*Like ‘audacity’, ‘temerity’ usually has negative connotations.

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Some Adjectives for Describing Someone as Brave

(e.g. it was a bold move, but it paid off; she was a plucky little girl, and everyone loved her spirited outlook on life)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

It was a bold move, but it paid off in the end.

It was a valiant attempt, but they still lost the competition.

It was the most courageous thing he had ever done.

He was known as an intrepid explorer, and he made many discoveries around the world.

Everyone knew he was fearless, so it was no surprise when he ran into the burning building to rescue the children.

It was an audacious plan, but they had no choice but to try it.

It was a gutsy move, and it paid off.

The squad were known as having committed valourous acts, earning them recognition.

He pretended to be unafraid of what was to come, but we could see he was anxious about it.

She had always been dauntless throughout her childhood. Nothing had ever scared her or held her back.

They thought he wouldn’t fight back, but it looked like he was game.

The report provided an unflinching insight into government corruption.

In a daring manoeuvre*, the company went straight to the supplier to get a better deal.

*U.S. spelling maneuver

He was an indomitable figure in his academic field, and everyone respected his opinion.

He was a tough old man, so none of the kids bothered him.

They had a spirited outlook on life, which meant they tried new things all the time.

It was a heroic act, and the newspaper reported on it.

She had an irrepressible spirit, and nothing ever seemed to bring her down.

The team had an unswerving loyalty to their Captain, and they performed well for him every time.

*doughty

*plucky

*stout

*gallant

*lionhearted

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Some Verbs for Being Brave

(e.g. He braved the storm)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

He braved the storm, keeping his head down as he plunged headlong through the snow.

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Some Adverbs for Describing Actions as Brave

(e.g. to boldly go; continue forward heroically; face difficulties courageously)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

They boldly went forward, despite the danger.

The soldiers valiantly defended their comrades against attack.

He approached the task heroically, determined to do his best.

He stood up audaciously and announced his intention to take over the company.

They courageously stood up to the government, accusing it of corruption.

He dealt unswervingly with the difficulties facing him, never giving up.

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