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courage

noun [U] uk   /ˈkʌr.ɪdʒ/ us    /ˈkɝː-/
B2 the ability to control your fear in a dangerous or difficult situation: They showed great courage when they found out about their baby's disability. [+ to infinitive] People should have the courage to stand up for their beliefs. It took me ages to summon/pluck up the courage to ask for a promotion.
Synonym
have the courage of your convictions to be brave and confident enough to do what you believe in: Although many of his policies were unpopular, he had the courage of his convictions to see them through.
(Definition of courage from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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