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Brave vs. Daring: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 3, 2023
Brave refers to showing courage in the face of danger or difficulty, while Daring emphasizes boldness and a willingness to take risks.

Key Differences

Brave is an adjective often used to describe a person or action that shows courage, especially in challenging or dangerous situations. Daring, on the other hand, implies not just courage but a certain thrill-seeking or risk-taking behavior. Brave emphasizes resilience and facing fears, while daring stresses the adventurous aspect.
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When you say someone is brave, you're often highlighting their ability to face physical or emotional dangers with strength and calm. Daring implies that someone not only faces challenges but actively seeks them out for the excitement or reward they bring. A brave person may be content with overcoming obstacles as they come, while a daring person looks for new challenges to conquer.
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Brave can often imply a moral or ethical dimension, suggesting that the brave person is doing something just, honorable, or socially commendable. Daring doesn't necessarily carry this implication; the focus is more on the audacity and boldness of the act, regardless of its moral or social value.
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In certain contexts, brave and daring can be used interchangeably, but the nuance remains. A brave soldier might face enemy fire without retreating, while a daring soldier might execute a risky maneuver to change the tide of battle. Both are courageous but in slightly different ways.
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Comparison Chart

Focus

Courage
Boldness
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Risk

May or may not involve
Usually involves
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Moral Implication

Often present
Rarely present
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Usage

More general
More specific
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Context

Physical/emotional danger
Thrill-seeking, adventure
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Brave and Daring Definitions

Brave

Showing courage in the face of danger.
The brave firefighter saved the child from the burning building.
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Daring

Adventurous or fearless.
The daring explorer searched for lost treasure.
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Brave

Enduring difficult situations with fortitude.
He was brave during his long illness.
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Daring

Willing to challenge the status quo.
Her daring fashion choices turned heads.
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Brave

Having moral strength.
She made a brave stand against injustice.
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Daring

Bold or audacious in taking risks.
The daring stuntman jumped over a row of cars.
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Brave

Possessing or displaying courage.
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Daring

Marked by willingness to take risks.
The daring investment paid off.
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Brave

Making a fine display; impressive or showy
“a coat of brave red lipstick on a mouth so wrinkled that it didn't even have a clear outline” (Anne Tyler).
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Daring

Willing to take or seek out risks; bold and venturesome.
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Brave

Excellent; great
“The Romans were like brothers / In the brave days of old” (Thomas Macaulay).
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Daring

Involving great risk or danger
A daring rescue.
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Brave

(used with a pl. verb) People who exhibit bravery or courage considered as a group
“O'er the land of the free / And the home of the brave” (Francis Scott Key).
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Daring

Audacious bravery; boldness.
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Brave

(Offensive) A Native American warrior.
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Daring

Present participle of dare
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Brave

(Archaic) A bully.
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Daring

Adventurous, willing to take on or look for risks; overbold.
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Brave

To endure or face courageously
“He remained in his tent on inclement mornings while others in the party braved the rain ... looking for birds” (Bert O. States). “Together they would brave Satan and all his legions” (Emily Brontë).
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Daring

Courageous or showing bravery; doughty.
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Brave

(Obsolete) To make showy or splendid.
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Daring

Racy; sexually provocative.
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Brave

To make a courageous show or put up a stalwart front.
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Daring

Boldness.
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Brave

Strong in the face of fear; courageous.
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Daring

Boldness; fearlessness; adventurousness; also, a daring act.
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Brave

(obsolete) Having any sort of superiority or excellence.
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Daring

Bold; fearless; adventurous; as, daring spirits.
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Brave

Making a fine show or display.
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Daring

A challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy;
He could never refuse a dare
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Brave

Foolish or unwise.
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Daring

The trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger;
The proposal required great boldness
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Brave

(dated) A Native American warrior.
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Daring

Disposed to venture or take risks;
Audacious visions of the total conquest of space
An audacious interpretation of two Jacobean dramas
The most daring of contemporary fiction writers
A venturesome investor
A venturous spirit
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Brave

(obsolete) A man daring beyond discretion; a bully.
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Daring

Radically new or original;
An avant-garde theater piece
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Brave

(obsolete) A challenge; a defiance; bravado.
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Daring

Recklessly brave.
His daring actions saved the mission.
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Brave

(transitive) To encounter with courage and fortitude, to defy, to provoke.
After braving tricks on the high-dive, he braved a jump off the first diving platform.
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Brave

To adorn; to make fine or showy.
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Brave

Bold; courageous; daring; intrepid; - opposed to cowardly; as, a brave man; a brave act.
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Brave

Having any sort of superiority or excellence; - especially such as in conspicuous.
Iron is a brave commodity where wood aboundeth.
It being a brave day, I walked to Whitehall.
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Brave

Making a fine show or display.
Wear my dagger with the braver grace.
For I have gold, and therefore will be brave.In silks I'll rattle it of every color.
Frog and lizard in holiday coatsAnd turtle brave in his golden spots.
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Brave

A brave person; one who is daring.
The star-spangled banner, O,long may it waveO'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
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Brave

Specifically, an Indian warrior.
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Brave

A man daring beyond discretion; a bully.
Hot braves like thee may fight.
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Brave

A challenge; a defiance; bravado.
Demetrius, thou dost overween in all;And so in this, to bear me down with braves.
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Brave

To encounter with courage and fortitude; to set at defiance; to defy; to dare.
These I can brave, but those I can not bear.
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Brave

To adorn; to make fine or showy.
Thou [a tailor whom Grunio was browbeating] hast braved meny men; brave not me; I'll neither be faced or braved.
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Brave

A North American Indian warrior
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Brave

People who are brave;
The home of the free and the brave
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Brave

Face or endure with courage;
She braved the elements
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Brave

Possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching;
Familiarity with danger makes a brave man braver but less daring
A frank courageous heart...triumphed over pain
Set a courageous example by leading them safely into and out of enemy-held territory
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Brave

Invulnerable to fear or intimidation;
Audacious explorers
Fearless reporters and photographers
Intrepid pioneers
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Brave

Brightly colored and showy;
Girls decked out in brave new dresses
Brave banners flying
`braw' is a Scottish word
A dress a bit too gay for her years
Birds with gay plumage
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Brave

Willing to confront fear or challenges.
He was brave enough to speak his mind.
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Brave

Fearless and undaunted.
The brave explorer ventured into the unknown.
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FAQs

Is being daring always considered brave?

While daring often involves bravery, it doesn't always have the moral or ethical dimension that bravery can have.
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Sep 23, 2023

What does daring mean?

Daring refers to being bold and willing to take risks.
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Is bravery always daring?

Not necessarily; one can be brave without seeking out risks or thrills.
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Can you be daring but not brave?

Daring always involves some level of bravery, but it might lack the moral fortitude often associated with being brave.
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How is daring commonly used?

Daring is frequently used to describe risk-taking or adventurous behavior.
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How is brave commonly used?

Brave is often used to describe people who show courage in challenging situations, either physical or emotional.
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What does brave mean?

Brave refers to displaying courage, especially in the face of danger or difficulty.
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Is daring the same as being brave?

While both involve courage, daring emphasizes boldness and a willingness to take risks, whereas brave focuses on resilience and facing fears.
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Is brave a more general term?

Yes, brave has a broader application, while daring is more specific to risk-taking.
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Is daring associated with morality?

Daring usually focuses more on the act's audacity and doesn't necessarily imply moral or ethical judgment.
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Are the terms brave and daring interchangeable?

They can be in some contexts, but they do have distinct nuances.
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Is bravery associated with morality?

Often, bravery implies a moral or ethical dimension, suggesting the act is commendable.
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Can you be brave but not daring?

Yes, you can show courage in facing challenges without necessarily seeking out risky or adventurous situations.
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Is being brave considered a virtue?

Often, yes; bravery is usually seen as a positive and admirable trait.
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Is being daring considered a virtue?

It depends on the context; daring can be viewed either positively or negatively.
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