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Curageous, -eus, -ious, a. Also: -eouse, -iouse, -ius; curaious, -agus, cwragius, curradgeous. [ME. curagious, -aiows, rare variants of coragious, -ageous, -ageus (c 1300), etc.: cf. Coragious, Courageous.] Full of, or displaying, courage.(a) 1375 Barb. x. 275*.
He was so curageous a knycht
1456 Hay I. 299/27; etc.
A king that will be ane worthy werryoure, he suld be … curageus
Ib. II. 57/6.
Suppos he be curageous and hardy
a1500 Henr. Fab. 408.
Thame to keip scho had ane iolie cok Richt curageous
1513 Doug. i. Prol. 321.
Greyn gentill ingynys, and breistis curageus
1549 Compl. 10/8.
The Romans var mair renforsit in curageus entreprisis be the vertu of the pen [etc.]
a1578 Pitsc. I. 145/32.
The chiftans war … movit with the quenis curageous wordis
c1615 Chron. Kings 14.
Being gritlie estemitt to be wordie and curradgeous in all his deidis
(b) c1420 Ratis R. 680.
Kepinge of thaim [riches] is curaious
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 846.
He … maid ane course curagiouse, cruell and kene
1513 Doug. v. xii. 115.
Chose ȝong men of harte maste curagious
15.. Clar. v. 2351.
Clariodus … set him doun curagious
1622-6 Bisset II. 165/6.
His father wes beloved of thame for his … cwragius chevelrie
Ib. 191/32.
Ane … valient and curagius prince

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