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 for courage
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Courage \Cour"age\ (k[u^]r"[asl]j; 48), n. [OE. corage heart,
     mind, will, courage, OF. corage, F. courage, fr. a LL.
     derivative of L. cor heart. See Heart.]
     1. The heart; spirit; temper; disposition. [Obs.]
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              So priketh hem nature in here corages. --Chaucer.
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              My lord, cheer up your spirits; our foes are nigh,
              and this soft courage makes your followers faint.
                                                    --Shak.
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     2. Heart; inclination; desire; will. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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              I'd such a courage to do him good.    --Shak.
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     3. That quality of mind which enables one to encounter danger
        and difficulties with firmness, or without fear, or
        fainting of heart; valor; boldness; resolution.
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              The king-becoming graces . . .
              Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude,
              I have no relish of them.             --Shak.
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              Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes
              a man when he has occasion for it.    --Addison.
  
     Syn: Heroism; bravery; intrepidity; valor; gallantry; daring;
          firmness; hardihood; boldness; dauntlessness;
          resolution.
  
     Usage: See Heroism. -- Courage, Bravery, Fortitude,
            Intrepidity, Gallantry, Valor. Courage is that
            firmness of spirit and swell of soul which meets
            danger without fear. Bravery is daring and impetuous
            courage, like that of one who has the reward
            continually in view, and displays his courage in
            daring acts. Fortitude has often been styled "passive
            courage," and consist in the habit of encountering
            danger and enduring pain with a steadfast and unbroken
            spirit. Valor is courage exhibited in war, and can not
            be applied to single combats; it is never used
            figuratively. Intrepidity is firm, unshaken courage.
            Gallantry is adventurous courage, which courts danger
            with a high and cheerful spirit. A man may show
            courage, fortitude, or intrepidity in the common
            pursuits of life, as well as in war. Valor, bravery,
            and gallantry are displayed in the contest of arms.
            Valor belongs only to battle; bravery may be shown in
            single combat; gallantry may be manifested either in
            attack or defense; but in the latter case, the defense
            is usually turned into an attack.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Courage \Cour"age\, v. t.
     To inspire with courage; to encourage. [Obs.]
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           Paul writeth unto Timothy . . . to courage him.
                                                    --Tyndale.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  courage
      n 1: a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain
           without showing fear [syn: courage, courageousness,
           bravery, braveness] [ant: cowardice, cowardliness]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  68 Moby Thesaurus words for "courage":
     arrogance, assurance, assuredness, audacity, backbone, balls,
     belief, boldness, bottle, bottom, bravery, certitude, cocksureness,
     confidence, confidentness, conviction, daring, dauntlessness,
     determination, doughtiness, faith, fearlessness, firmness,
     fortitude, gallantry, gameness, grit, guts, heart, heroism, hubris,
     intrepidity, mettle, mettlesomeness, moxie, nerve, overconfidence,
     oversureness, overweening, overweeningness, persistence, pith,
     pluck, pluckiness, poise, pomposity, positiveness, pride,
     resolution, sand, security, self-assurance, self-confidence,
     self-importance, self-reliance, settled belief, spirit, spunk,
     spunkiness, stamina, subjective certainty, sureness, surety,
     tenacity, toughness, true grit, trust, valor
  
  

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