13 Words of Bravery with Oxford University Press

This Roald Dahl Day we've asked our friends to be inspired by the ever marvellous Matilda and share their very own 13 Acts (or Words!) of Bravery.

The Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary tells us that the name Matilda means 'mighty in battle.' And small but mighty Matilda certainly lives up to her name as she unleashes the power of words to speak up, to fight against injustice and to stand up to the formidable Miss Trunchbull. 
 
And what better way for you to start being brave with words than looking at the word 'brave' itself?
 
 
brave
 
Someone who is brave is willing to do dangerous things. 
 
Mr Hoppy suddenly felt very brave. 'Mrs Silver,' he said. 'Do you think I could pop down to your balcony and hold Alfie myself?'
- Esio Trot
 
 
confident
 
If you are confident, you are not nervous or afraid. 
 
Miss Honey felt confident that she would have no difficulty in convincing Mr and Mrs Wormwood that Matilda was something very special indeed.
- Matilda

 

daring

To dare to do something is to be brave enough to do it.

She admired the older girl Hortensia to distraction for the daring deeds she had performed in the school.
- Matilda

 

bold

Brave and daring. 

 
fearless


Brave and without fear. 

The pilot was a young Air Force officer with a bushy moustache. He was very proud of his moustache. He was also quite fearless and loved adventure.
- The BFG

 
courageous

Willing to do something dangerous or difficult.

The BFG, with Sophie now sitting on the palm of his hand, stood near by watching the operation. To give the soldiers their due, they were extremely courageous.
- The BFG

 
heroic

Like a hero; very brave. 

Already Lavender’s scheming mind was going over the possibilities that this water-jug job has opened up for her. She longed to do something truly heroic.
- Matilda
 
 
valiant

Brave or courageous. 


intrepid

Brave or fearless. 

But it’s all marvellous fun… energy and exuberance and perhaps a touch of self-importance as well because now we were intrepid flying men and devils of the sky.
- Going Solo

 
audacious

Bold or daring. 

 
plucky


Brave or courageous - Roald Dahl used gutsy instead. 

Matilda liked her because she was gutsy and adventurous. She liked Matilda for exactly the same reasons
- Matilda
 
 
spirited

Brave; self-confident and lively.

 
gallant

 
Brave or polite, traditionally towards women. 

We are the crusaders, the gallant army fighting for our lives with hardly any weapons at all and the Trunchbull is the Prince of Darkness, the Foul Serpent, the Fiery Dragon with all the weapons at her command.
- Matilda 

Celebrate Roald Dahl Day 2019!