brave (adj.) Old form(s): braue , brauer
fine, excellent, splendid, impressive
1H4 I.ii.63[Falstaff to Prince Hal] I'll be a brave judge!
1H4 III.iii.202[Falstaff to all] Rare words! Brave world!
1H4 V.iv.128[Prince Hal to Lancaster] full bravely hast thou fleshed / Thy maiden sword
2H6 IV.ii.20[Bevis to Holland] there's no better sign of a brave mind than a hard hand [or: sense 2]
2H6 IV.vii.121[Cade's supporters to Cade, of their rewards in London] O, brave!
3H6 II.ii.1[Queen to King] Welcome, my lord, to this brave town of York
AC I.v.67.2[Charmian to Cleopatra, of Julius Caesar] O, that brave Caesar! [or: sense 2]
AC II.vii.101.2[Enobarbus to Antony] Ha, my brave emperor! / Shall we dance now the Egyptian bacchanals [or: sense 2]
AC III.xiii.176.2[Cleopatra to Antony, of his words] That's my brave lord!
AC IV.iii.12.2[First Soldier to Second Soldier, of their army] 'Tis a brave army, / And full of purpose
AW II.i.25.2[Second Lord to all] O, 'tis brave wars!
AYL III.iv.36[Celia as Aliena to Rosalind as Ganymede, of Orlando] O, that's a brave man! He writes brave verses, speaks brave words, swears brave oaths and breaks them bravely
AYL III.iv.40[Celia as Aliena to Rosalind as Ganymede, of Orlando] all's brave that youth mounts and folly guides
Cor I.vi.71[Martius to all] If any think brave death outweighs bad life [or: sense 2]
Cor II.ii.5[First Officer to Second Officer, of Coriolanus] That's a brave fellow, but he's vengeance proud
Cor II.ii.5[First Officer to Second Officer, of Coriolanus] That's a brave fellow
Cor V.iii.76[Coriolanus to young Martius] That's my brave boy!
E3 III.i.177[Mariner to King John] the Nonpareille, that brave ship
H5 III.chorus.5[Chorus, of King Henry] his brave fleet / With silken streamers the young Phoebus fanning
H5 IV.iv.38[Pistol to French Soldier] thou give me crowns, brave crowns
Ham II.ii.300[Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern] This most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament,
Ham II.ii.580[Hamlet alone] This is most brave, / That I ... / Must like a whore unpack my heart with words
KJ II.i.72[Chatillon to King Philip] a braver choice of dauntless spirits ... / Did never float upon the swelling tide
KL III.ii.79[Fool alone] This is a brave night to cool a courtesan
LLL V.ii.482[Boyet to all] Full merrily / Hath this brave manage, this career, been run
MA V.iv.126[Benedick to Don Pedro, of Don John] I'll devise thee brave punishments for him
MV III.iv.65[Portia to Nerissa, of disguising as men] I'll prove the prettier fellow of the two, / And wear my dagger with the braver grace [or: sense 4]
PP.12.4[] Youth like summer brave, Age like winter bare [i.e. well dressed]
Sonn.12.2[] When I ... see the brave day sunk in hideous night
TC prologue.15[Prologue] The fresh and yet unbruised Greeks do pitch / Their brave pavilions
Tem I.ii.6[MIranda to Prospero, of the wrecked ship] A brave vessel
Tem II.ii.184[Stephano to Caliban] O brave monster!
Tem III.ii.10[Trinculo to Stephano, of Caliban'e eyes being in his head] He were a brave monster indeed if they were set in his tail
Tem III.ii.145[Stephano to Caliban, of the island] This will prove a brave kingdom to me
Tem III.ii.97[Caliban to Stephano, of Prospero] He has brave utensils, for so he calls them
Tem V.i.183[Miranda to Prospero] O brave new world, / That has such people in't!
TNK II.i.113[Arcite to Palamon, of their stay in prison] to hold here a brave patience, / And the enjoying of our griefs together
TNK III.v.62[Gaoler's Daughter, singing] brave gallants of war
TS induction.1.38[Lord to Huntsmen, of Sly as a lord] And brave attendants near him when he wakes
WT IV.iv.203[Polixenes to all, of Autolycus] This is a brave fellow
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