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  • noun Plural form of bravado.


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  • Inspired, however, by the spirit of hereditary obstinacy, Charles preferred a useless resistance to a dignified submission, and, by a series of idle bravadoes, laid the French court under the necessity of arresting their late ally, and sending him to close confinement in the Bastille, from which he was afterwards sent out of the French dominions, much in the manner in which a convict is transported to the place of his destination.

    Redgauntlet 2008

  • All which bravadoes, though they were belcht foorth with admirable insinuations: yet they converted into smoke, as all such braggadochio behaviours do, and he was as wise at the ending, as when he began.

    The Decameron 2004

  • These words were scarce pronounced, when Mr. Clarke approaching one of the bravadoes, who had threatened to crop his ears, bestowed such a benediction on his jaw, as he could not receive without immediate humiliation; while Timothy Crabshaw, smarting from his broken head and his want of supper, saluted the other with a

    The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves 2004

  • During the time of the siege, the young Moorish and Spanish cavaliers vied with each other in extravagant bravadoes.

    The Alhambra 2002

  • “There she breaches! there she breaches!” was the cry, as in his immeasurable bravadoes the White Whale tossed himself salmon-like to Heaven.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale 2002

  • During the time of the siege, the young Moorish and Spanish cavaliers vied with each other in extravagant bravadoes.

    The Alhambra 2002

  • When the Marshal saw my son was serious and did not care at all for his bravadoes, he became submissive and did what my son desired.

    The Entire Memoirs of Louis XIV and the Regency d'Orleans, Charlotte -Elisabeth, duchesse 2001

  • Always the master of every topic on which he attempts to enlighten, he is neither foiled by the sophistries nor embarrassed by the bravadoes of his opponents.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 2, August, 1862 Devoted to Literature and National Policy Various

  • Now, failure on every hand awaited him, and all those bravadoes with which he had kept down his better nature deserted him.

    Hatchie, the Guardian Slave; or, The Heiress of Bellevue Warren T. Ashton

  • He was now fairly mad with rage, drew his sword, thrust and cut into the corner whence the laugh rang, and challenged the Kobold with bravadoes, to come on.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 56, No. 345, July, 1844 Various


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