Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being valiant; heroism, bravery or valour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being valiant; bravery; valor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Valiant character; bravery; valor.

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

  • n. the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle)

Etymologies

Compare French vaillance. See valiant. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • No cop has been deemed to have valiance just because he arrested a weak sexagenerian walin 'with a cane, in the latter's house.

    Holder remains silent on Cambridge incident

  • The joys of the story -- Aang's impish capriciousness, Katara's valiance, Soka's buffoonery, even Uncle Iroh's avuncular charm -- have all been el […] (author unknown)

    2010 March 22 « Monster Scifi Show Blog

  • The British Tar, celebrated for his valiance, was also notorious for his hard drinking and harder language.

    Gilbert & Sullivan, Parody's Patresfamilias

  • We admire our troops and are grateful for their valiance and perseverance - and the sacrifice of their families while they are in harm's way.

    George Archibald: Hey Congress, Heed the Baker-Hamilton Report

  • In the case of someone who planned on walking away with no final words, a break-up letter is actually an act of valiance.

    Samara O'Shea: How to Write a Break-up Letter

  • But up the dale would she go, whatever was before her; and now she told herself her very purpose, as forsooth she scarce had heretofore; to wit, that she would abide in the dale the night over and see what should betide, and if those wights should chance to come alive, then she looked to have valiance enough to face them and crave the fulfilment of her desire.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Viridis laughed: Forsooth, she said, they have much to punish thee for! whereas it was by thy doing and thy valiance that we all came together again and the Quest was accomplished.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Now, it may be thought that I did act with a strange valiance, in that I composed my body so properly to slumber, and with but a little trouble of the heart concerning the coming of monsters.

    The Night Land

  • I want to express my position to all the people of Liberia, who are bearing the brunt of the destruction, the conflict, the war, the valiance.

    CNN Transcript Jul 6, 2003

  • It has been given to a people that has the merit to complete it, that has the valiance to complete it, that has the heroism to complete it, that has the willingness to complete it.

    Castro Gives Speech on Bay of Pigs Anniversary

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  • Really?! Im the first to list this one? O so cynical thesse days, are we...

    July 24, 2009