Definitions

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  • noun Value; worth.
  • noun Strength of mind in regard to danger; that quality which enables a person to encounter danger with firmness; personal bravery; courage; prowess; intrepidity.
  • noun A brave man; a man of valor.
  • noun arrogance

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

Etymologies

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Anglo-Norman valour < continental Old French valor, from Latin valor.

Examples

  • John Herbison: This may merely reflect a heightened sense, that regarding prosecution under UCMJ Article 125, as Falstaff observed, “The better part of valour is discretion”.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » “Four Days That Shook DADT”

  • This may merely reflect a heightened sense, that regarding prosecution under UCMJ Article 125, as Falstaff observed, “The better part of valour is discretion”.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » “Four Days That Shook DADT”

  • Moreover, he hath seven daughters, who in valour and prowess equal and even excel their sisters,66 and he hath made the eldest of them, the damsel whom thou sawest,67 queen over the country aforesaid and who is the wisest of her sisters and in valour and horsemanship and craft and skill and magic excels all the folk of her dominions.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The better part of valour is discretion; in the which better part I have saved my life. '

    On the nightstand (under the pillow, in the knapsack, etc.)

  • Canada is His Excellency General Georges Vanier, full of years, clothed in valour, replete with kindness and dignity and learning, and full of compassion for all mankind.

    The Unsinkable Commonwealth

  • The reasons upon which my opinion was grounded were these: The Count was courageous in the highest degree of what is commonly called valour, and had a more than ordinary share in that boldness of mind which we call resolution.

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • And British valour is renowned, from Ind to Lapland's shore:

    Colin's Return to Sea

  • Their valour is no better than that of a barking cur, who affrights all that go on without looking at him, but who, the moment he is turned upon with a stamp and a fierce look, retreats himself, amazed, afraid, and ashamed. '

    Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth

  • The reasons upon which my opinion was grounded were these: The Count was courageous in the highest degree of what is commonly called valour, and had a more than ordinary share in that boldness of mind which we call resolution.

    The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz — Volume 1 [Historic court memoirs]

  • The reasons upon which my opinion was grounded were these: The Count was courageous in the highest degree of what is commonly called valour, and had a more than ordinary share in that boldness of mind which we call resolution.

    The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz — Complete [Historic court memoirs]

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