Definitions

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

  • n. Defiant or swaggering behavior: strove to prevent our courage from turning into bravado.
  • n. A pretense of courage; a false show of bravery.
  • n. A disposition toward showy defiance or false expressions of courage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A swaggering show of defiance or courage.
  • n. A false show of courage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Boastful and threatening behavior; a boastful menace.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Pretentious boldness or bravery; arrogant or boastful menace; swaggering defiance.
  • n. One who indulges in boastful and arrogant menaces.
  • Arrogantly bold or menacing; said or done in bravado: as, “bravado bets,”

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

  • n. a swaggering show of courage

Etymologies

French bravade and Old Spanish bravada, swagger, bravery, both ultimately from Vulgar Latin *brabus, brave; see brave.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French bravade ("bragging or boasting"). Which comes from Italian bravata, from verb bravare ("brag, boast"), from bravo. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Also, Graham realized that the turning of her head and the waving of her arm was only partly in bravado, was more in aesthetic wisdom of the picture she composed, and was, most of all, sheer joy of daring and emprise of the blood and the flesh and the life that was she.

    CHAPTER IX

  • And they are given to the rulers and the ruling classes, not in bravado, not to frighten them, but for them to consider more deeply the spirit and nature of this world revolution.

    Revolution

  • Like most things about fake dr hunt, the bravado is transparently false.

    Think Progress » Florida doctor tells Obama voters they are not welcome: ‘Seek urologic care elsewhere.’

  • Yeah ... bravado from a guy who never served under arms ... the great desk chair warrior has spoken!

    Cheney hits 'radical' Obama

  • I respect John McCain for his service and patriotism, but not for his failure to look through a contemporary lens at the Iraq war rather than through a lens tainted by the posturing bravado from the scars of a VIetnam-era worldview.

    Schneider: Voters say Clinton is more caring

  • And Dutrow, known in horse racing for his bravado, is doing well enough as a trainer that he's planning to wager $100,000 on Big Brown, a 3-1 favorite.

    Behind a Derby favorite, tragedy and redemption

  • The difference here from the fool's paradise of hip-hop bravado is that it's all too real, and that the protagonists who confide in Asger Leth are now all dead.

    GreenCine Daily: SFIFF Dispatch. 7.

  • She chose the word bravado and those two things - the word bravado and the photograph of the men dancing - would inspire and then form her song.

    Nellie McKay Reveals 'Cavendish'

  • It uses elements of music, and it uses the word bravado, and it references the picture, and might not be anything people won't listen to, but at least, you know, I say it will be pleasant.

    Nellie McKay Reveals 'Cavendish'

  • Yes | No | Report from 1uglymutha wrote 7 weeks 5 days ago maybe you're sled gives you a certain bravado? confidence is good but i'd rather my confidence came from field positions used in actual hunting situations. petzal is a funny s.o.b. though.

    The Lead Sled--America's Shame?

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