Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Marked by or possessing great personal bravery; valiant. See Synonyms at brave.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having or displaying valour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Possessing or exhibiting valor; brave; courageous; valiant; intrepid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having or displaying valor; brave; courageous; valiant; intrepid: as, a valorous knight.
  • Characteristic of or pertaining to valor.
  • Having value; valuable.
  • Synonyms See brave.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having or showing valor

Etymologies

From Old French valeureux. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Massachusetts and Vermont, when Georgia and Ohio, when all the South and all the North march side by side in behalf of Old Glory, then at the bivouac, then around our council fires, the sons will recall the valorous deeds their fathers wrought upon either side and under opposing flags during the civil strife, as the loudest call and the strongest inspiration to awaken effort in behalf of the rescued and re-united country.

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  • He seems to have cherished an intense affection for the Leyden pastor, such as valorous natures often feel for meditative ones, and that

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  • There is a kind of valorous spleen which, like wind, is apt to grow unruly in the stomachs of newly-made soldiers, compelling them to box-lobby brawls and brokenheaded quarrels, unless there can be found some more harmless way to give it vent.

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  • "valorous" pants and shoulders I got as drops, and the wrist, ring, and cloak are about as good as what I'm already wearing.

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  • He had dragged himself away to the office, barricaded himself in, and sunk upon the floor in a gin-soaked nightmare, wherein he died a thousand deaths while the valorous fight went on around him.

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  • If for no other reason than to restore full faith in the heroes who actually have earned valorous medals, these bills should be passed.

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  • Since his stint in the Celebrity jungle last year, Ryder has certainly been elevated, if not quite to the status of national treasure, then at least to the position of everyone's favourite foul-mouthed relation, one undeniably damaged in the ecstasy wars and the opium wars and the crack wars, but warmly indulged for his valorous part in them.

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  • It is grossly unfair to true heroes who gave their lives in service to our country and legitimately earned valorous awards only to have impostors go down as heroes when they were never there.

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  • In Illinois, Circuit Judge Michael F. O'Brien told colleagues that he had not one but two Medals of Honor for valorous Navy service off the coast of Lebanon in 1958.

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  • Calandra the Medal of Honor for valorous service during the Vietnam

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