Digest of terms
individual capacity to act bravely, in spite of threats and dangers. These might take the form of either physical or psychological danger. Readiness to face them is seen as demonstrated in exemplary lives of historical individuals and fictional heroes. It is characterised by remaining true to oneself and one's deepest convictions. Accordingly, courage is often promoted as a religious and/or moral virtue, with stories inviting imitation. There is an abundance of examples across the range of national and religious traditions. Examples of extreme courage are often found in accounts of martyrdom, both religious and political.