Brave vs Maverick - What's the difference?

brave | maverick |

As a verb brave

is .

As an adjective maverick is

showing independence in thoughts or actions.

As a noun maverick is

an unbranded range animal.




  • Strong in the face of fear; courageous.
  • *1897 , (Bram Stoker), (Dracula), Chapter 21:
  • *:Do not fret, dear. You must be brave and strong, and help me through the horrible task. If you only knew what an effort it is to me to tell of this fearful thing at all, you would understand how much I need your help.
  • *1987 , Michael Grumley, The Last Diary :
  • *:he has been so brave , giving it all a dignity.
  • (label) Having any sort of superiority or excellence.
  • *(Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
  • *:Iron is a brave commodity where wood aboundeth.
  • *(Samuel Pepys) (1633-1703)
  • *:It being a brave day, I walked to Whitehall.
  • Making a fine show or display.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:Wear my dagger with the braver grace.
  • * (1558-1592)
  • *:For I have gold, and therefore will be brave . / In silks I'll rattle it of every color.
  • *(Ralph Waldo Emerson) (1803-1882)
  • *:Frog and lizard in holiday coats / And turtle brave in his golden spots.
  • *
  • *:So this was my future home, I thought! Certainly it made a brave picture. I had seen similar ones fired-in on many a Heidelberg stein. Backed by towering hills,a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
  • Synonyms

    * (courageous) doughty, orped, resilient, stalwart. See also


    * (courageous) cowardly, fearful, mean, weak


    (en noun)
  • A Native American warrior.
  • A man daring beyond discretion; a bully.
  • * Dryden
  • Hot braves like thee may fight.
  • A challenge; a defiance; bravado.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Demetrius, thou dost overween in all; / And so in this, to bear me down with braves .


  • To encounter with courage and fortitude, to defy.
  • * (rfdate), (John Dryden)
  • These I can brave , but those I can not bear.
  • * 1773 , A Farmer, Rivington's New-York Gazetteer , Number 53, December 2
  • but they [Parliament] never will be braved into it.
    After braving''' tricks on the high-dive, he '''braved a jump off the first diving platform.
  • (obsolete) To adorn; to make fine or showy.
  • * (rfdate), Shakespeare
  • Thou [a tailor whom Grunio was browbeating] hast braved meny men; brave not me; I'll neither be faced or braved.

    Derived terms

    * bravely * bravery * bravure 1000 English basic words ----




    (en adjective)
  • Showing independence in thoughts or actions.
  • He made a maverick decision.
    He is a maverick person.


    (en noun)
  • An unbranded range animal.
  • * Around 1900 , O Henry,
  • Long Bill was a graduate of the camp and trail. Luck and thrift, a cool head, and a telescopic eye for mavericks had raised him from cowboy to be a cowman.
  • One who does not abide by rules.
  • One who creates or uses unconventional and/or controversial ideas or practices.
  • Florence Nightingale would have been perceived as a maverick during her early career, because she was prioritizing hygiene when everybody else involved in healthcare was focused on other things, such as surgery and pills.'' (Source: Edzard Ernst and Simon Singh, ''Trick or Treatment , 2008, p. 36-37.)
  • (poker slang) A queen and a jack as a starting hand in
  • Synonyms

    * (one who does not abide by rules) individualist, lone gunman, nonconformist, rebel

    See also



    * Weisenberg, Michael (2000) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523 English eponyms