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Brave vs. Strong: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on September 21, 2023
"Brave" pertains to showing courage against fear or danger, while "Strong" refers to having power, force, or physical/moral strength.

Key Differences

Brave typically characterizes someone who stands firm in the face of adversity, danger, or fear, often defying the odds to do what they believe is right. On the other hand, Strong is a more general term that can describe physical power, emotional resilience, or moral fortitude.
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While a Brave individual might face challenges head-on, irrespective of personal risk, a Strong person may possess the physical might or mental toughness to endure or overcome hardships.
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Notably, all Brave individuals may not be physically Strong, and vice versa. A frail person can be incredibly Brave in spirit, while a physically Strong individual might hesitate in situations requiring moral courage.
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It's possible for someone to be both Brave and Strong. For instance, firefighters are often physically Strong to handle the demands of their job, and incredibly Brave to rush into life-threatening situations.
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Ultimately, while "Brave" zeroes in on courage in the face of challenges, "Strong" offers a broader scope, encapsulating physical power, resilience, and moral strength.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

Showing courage against fear or danger
Having power, force, or physical/moral strength
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Part of Speech

Adjective (can also be a noun)
Adjective
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Usage Context

Courage or valor
Physical might, resilience, fortitude
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Grammatical Function

Describes courage in the face of adversity
Describes might, power, or resilience
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Associated Ideas

Fearlessness, heroism
Force, resilience, durability
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Brave and Strong Definitions

Brave

Showing courage in the face of danger.
The firefighter was Brave to enter the burning building.
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Strong

Having physical power or force.
He is Strong enough to lift the heavy box.
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Brave

Facing challenges head-on.
He took the Brave step of starting a new business.
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Strong

Emotionally resilient.
She has a Strong character, never yielding to adversity.
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Brave

Possessing or displaying courage.
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Strong

Secure or robust.
The building has a Strong foundation.
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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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Strong

Convincing or effective.
He made a Strong argument in the debate.
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Brave

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

Physically powerful; capable of exerting great physical force.
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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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Strong

Marked by great physical power
A strong blow to the head.
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Brave

(Offensive) A Native American warrior.
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Strong

In good or sound health; robust
A strong constitution.
A strong heart.
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Brave

(Archaic) A bully.
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Strong

Economically or financially sound or thriving
A strong economy.
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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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Strong

Having force of character, will, morality, or intelligence
A strong personality.
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Brave

(Obsolete) To make showy or splendid.
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Strong

Having or showing ability or achievement in a specified field
Students who are strong in chemistry.
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Brave

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

Capable of the effective exercise of authority
A strong leader.
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Brave

Strong in the face of fear; courageous.
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Strong

Capable of withstanding force or wear; solid, tough, or firm
A strong building.
A strong fabric.
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Brave

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

Having great binding strength
A strong adhesive.
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Brave

Making a fine show or display.
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Strong

Not easily captured or defeated
A strong flank.
A strong defense.
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Brave

Foolish or unwise.
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Strong

Not easily upset; resistant to harmful or unpleasant influences
Strong nerves.
A strong stomach.
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Brave

(dated) A Native American warrior.
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Strong

Having force or rapidity of motion
A strong current.
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Brave

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

Persuasive, effective, and cogent
A strong argument.
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Brave

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

Forceful and pointed; emphatic
A strong statement.
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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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Strong

Forthright and explicit, often offensively so
Strong language.
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Brave

To adorn; to make fine or showy.
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Strong

Extreme; drastic
Had to resort to strong measures.
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Brave

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

Having force of conviction or feeling; uncompromising
Strong faith.
A strong supporter.
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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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Strong

Intense in degree or quality
A strong emotion.
Strong motivation.
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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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Strong

Having an intense or offensive effect on the senses
Strong light.
Strong vinegar.
Strong cologne.
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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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Strong

Clear and loud
A strong voice.
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Brave

Specifically, an Indian warrior.
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Strong

Readily noticeable; remarkable
A strong resemblance.
A strong contrast.
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Brave

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

Readily detected or received
A strong radio signal.
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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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Strong

Having a high concentration of an essential or active ingredient
Mixed a strong solution of bleach and water.
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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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Strong

Containing a considerable percentage of alcohol
Strong punch.
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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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Strong

Powerfully effective
A strong painkiller.
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Brave

A North American Indian warrior
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Strong

Of or relating to a color having a high degree of saturation.
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Brave

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

Having a specified number of units or members
A military force 100,000 strong.
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Brave

Face or endure with courage;
She braved the elements
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Strong

Marked by steady or rising prices
A strong market.
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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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Strong

Of or relating to those verbs in Germanic languages that form their past tense by a change in stem vowel, and their past participles by a change in stem vowel and sometimes by adding the suffix -(e)n, as sing, sang, sung or tear, tore, torn.
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Brave

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

Of or relating to the inflection of nouns or adjectives in Germanic languages with endings that historically did not contain a suffix with an n.
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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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Strong

Stressed or accented in pronunciation or poetic meter. Used of a word or syllable.
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Brave

Not intimidated by potential harm.
She was Brave enough to voice her opinion.
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Strong

In a strong, powerful, or vigorous manner; forcefully
A salesperson who comes on too strong.
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Brave

Standing firm against adversity.
The team was Brave in the championship match.
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Strong

Capable of producing great physical force.
A big strong man; Jake was tall and strong
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Brave

Displaying valor or heroism.
Soldiers are often hailed as Brave for their service.
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Strong

Capable of withstanding great physical force.
A strong foundation; good strong shoes
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Strong

(of water, wind, etc.) Having a lot of power.
The man was nearly drowned after a strong undercurrent swept him out to sea.
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Strong

Determined; unyielding.
He is strong in the face of adversity.
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Strong

Highly stimulating to the senses.
A strong light; a strong taste
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Strong

Having an offensive or intense odor or flavor.
A strong smell
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Strong

Having a high concentration of an essential or active ingredient.
A strong cup of coffee; a strong medicine
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Strong

(specifically) Having a high alcoholic content.
A strong drink
She gets up, and pours herself a strong one. - Eagles, Lying Eyes
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Strong

(grammar) Inflecting in a different manner than the one called weak, such as Germanic verbs which change vowels.
A strong verb
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Strong

(chemistry) That completely ionizes into anions and cations in a solution.
A strong acid;
A strong base
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Strong

(military) Not easily subdued or taken.
A strong position
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Strong

Having wealth or resources.
A strong economy
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Strong

Impressive, good.
You're working with troubled youth in your off time? That’s strong!
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Strong

Having a specified number of people or units.
The enemy's army force was five thousand strong.
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Strong

(of a disease or symptom) Severe; very bad or intense.
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Strong

Having a wide range of logical consequences; widely applicable. (Often contrasted with a weak statement which it implies.)
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Strong

(of an argument) Convincing.
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Strong

In a strong manner.
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Strong

Having active physical power, or great physical power to act; having a power of exerting great bodily force; vigorous.
That our oxen may be strong to labor.
Orses the strong to greater strength must yield.
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Strong

Having passive physical power; having ability to bear or endure; firm; hale; sound; robust; as, a strong constitution; strong health.
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Strong

Solid; tough; not easily broken or injured; able to withstand violence; able to sustain attacks; not easily subdued or taken; as, a strong beam; a strong rock; a strong fortress or town.
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Strong

Having great military or naval force; powerful; as, a strong army or fleet; a nation strong at sea.
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Strong

Having great wealth, means, or resources; as, a strong house, or company of merchants.
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Strong

Reaching a certain degree or limit in respect to strength or numbers; as, an army ten thousand strong.
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Strong

Moving with rapidity or force; violent; forcible; impetuous; as, a strong current of water or wind; the wind was strong from the northeast; a strong tide.
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Strong

Adapted to make a deep or effectual impression on the mind or imagination; striking or superior of the kind; powerful; forcible; cogent; as, a strong argument; strong reasons; strong evidence; a strong example; strong language.
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Strong

Ardent; eager; zealous; earnestly engaged; as, a strong partisan; a strong Whig or Tory.
Her mother, ever strong against that match.
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Strong

Having virtues of great efficacy; or, having a particular quality in a great degree; as, a strong powder or tincture; a strong decoction; strong tea or coffee.
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Strong

Full of spirit; containing a large proportion of alcohol; intoxicating; as, strong liquors.
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Strong

Affecting any sense powerfully; as, strong light, colors, etc.; a strong flavor of onions; a strong scent.
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Strong

Solid; nourishing; as, strong meat.
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Strong

Well established; firm; not easily overthrown or altered; as, a strong custom; a strong belief.
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Strong

Violent; vehement; earnest; ardent.
He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears.
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Strong

Having great force, vigor, power, or the like, as the mind, intellect, or any faculty; as, a man of a strong mind, memory, judgment, or imagination.
I was stronger in prophecy than in criticism.
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Strong

Vigorous; effective; forcible; powerful.
Like her sweet voice is thy harmonious song,As high, as sweet, as easy, and as strong.
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Strong

Tending to higher prices; rising; as, a strong market.
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Strong

Pertaining to, or designating, a verb which forms its preterit (imperfect) by a variation in the root vowel, and the past participle (usually) by the addition of -en (with or without a change of the root vowel); as in the verbs strive, strove, striven; break, broke, broken; drink, drank, drunk. Opposed to weak, or regular. See Weak.
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Strong

Having strength or power greater than average or expected;
A strong radio signal
Strong medicine
A strong man
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Strong

Used of syllables or musical beats
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Strong

Not faint or feeble;
A strong odor of burning rubber
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Strong

Having or wielding force or authority;
Providing the ground soldier with increasingly potent weapons
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Strong

Having a strong physiological or chemical effect;
A potent toxin
Potent liquor
A potent cup of tea
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Strong

Able to withstand attack;
An impregnable fortress
Fortifications that made the frontier inviolable
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Strong

Of good quality and condition; solidly built;
A solid foundation
Several substantial timber buildings
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Strong

Of verbs not having standard (or regular) inflection;
`sing' is a strong verb
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Strong

Having a high alcoholic content;
Hard liquor
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Strong

Freshly made or left;
A warm trail
The scent is warm
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Strong

Strong and sure;
A firm grasp
Gave a strong pull on the rope
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Strong

Intense or potent in nature.
The coffee was very Strong.
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FAQs

Can someone be Brave but not Strong?

Absolutely. Being Brave relates to courage, while being Strong can refer to physical or moral strength.
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Is bravery only about facing danger?

No, being Brave can also involve standing up for what's right or facing emotional challenges.
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Does being Strong always refer to physical might?

No, being Strong can also relate to emotional or moral strength.
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How can someone cultivate bravery?

By facing fears, taking risks, and learning from past experiences, one can become more Brave.
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How are bravery and strength related?

While they can overlap, bravery often pertains to courage in adversity, while strength can refer to physical power or resilience.
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Can animals be described as Brave or Strong?

Yes, animals can be described as being Brave in certain situations or physically Strong.
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Is it better to be Brave or Strong?

Neither is inherently better. It depends on the context, and often being both Brave and Strong is advantageous.
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What's the difference between a strong flavor and a brave flavor?

A Strong flavor is intense or potent, while "brave flavor" isn't a standard term in American English.
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How can someone become Stronger?

Physically, through exercise and training; emotionally, through personal growth and facing challenges.
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Can strong be used in a metaphorical sense?

Absolutely. Someone can have a Strong presence or a Strong influence, neither of which is physical.
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Can buildings be Brave?

Not typically. However, buildings can be Strong or sturdy.
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Is there a difference between moral bravery and physical bravery?

Yes, moral bravery is about standing up for beliefs or rights, while physical bravery is facing physical danger.
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Do Strong people never cry?

Strength isn't about suppressing emotions. A Strong person can express emotions, including crying.
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Are Brave people fearless?

Not necessarily. Being Brave often means acting despite feeling fear.
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Is it common to describe someone as both Brave and Strong?

Yes, especially if the person displays both courage and physical/emotional resilience.
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