Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To surpass in braving or defying; exceed in daring or audacity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To excel in bravery or in insolence; to defy with superior courage or audacity.
  • transitive verb To excel in magnificence or comeliness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To stand out bravely against; to face up to courageously.
  • verb To surpass or outrival.
  • verb To be more brave than.

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

  • verb be braver than
  • verb resist bravely

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From out- +‎ brave.

Examples

  • For some time she endeavoured to outbrave me; neither the fiddler nor she desisted; but at last she gave over, and the musician laid aside his instrument. . .

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • But Jed was bound to outbrave me, and I was equally bound to outbrave him.

    Chapter 13

  • What a deal of money did Henry VIII. and Francis I. king of France, spend at that [1719] famous interview? and how many vain courtiers, seeking each to outbrave other, spent themselves, their livelihood and fortunes, and died beggars?

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • And there can be no more infallible evidence of a miscarriage in such a condition, than when pride, or passion, or prejudice, or any corrupt affection, can either outbrave or stifle that compliance with a just reproof which conscience will assuredly tender, Rom. ii.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • 'I see,' said the genie, 'that you both outbrave me, but both of you shall know, by the treatment I give you, what I am capable of doing.'

    Fairy Tales from the Arabian Nights

  • "I see," said the genie, "that you both outbrave me, but both of you shall know by my treatment of you of what I am capable."

    The Arabian Nights Entertainments

  • A man, or a woman for that matter, should have the courage to outbrave an oath when it hurts the innocent.

    Hetty Wesley

  • But Jed was bound to outbrave me, and I was equally bound to outbrave him.

    The Jacket (Star-Rover)

  • Not that we need suppose him to have made it a point of honour to outbrave the new law in general by continuing to publish without a licence; but because, in this particular case, he had no choice but to do so, and did not mind doing so.

    The Life of John Milton Volume 3 1643-1649

  • Not that we need suppose him to have made it a point of honour to outbrave the new law in general by continuing to publish without a licence; but because, in this particular case, he had no choice but to do so, and did not mind doing so.

    The Life of John Milton

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