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Courage in Latin: Virtus, Fortitudo, or Animus

by Lauren
(United Kingdom)

I have come across many different latin words for "Courage".
Animus, Fortitudo, Virtus. Etc.
Which would you say best means; bravery of character or spirit. To have "guts".

Hi Lauren,

For bravery of character or spirit you're looking for virtus, virtutis, which is derived from the Latin word for man (vir).

Fortitudo, fortitudinis also means strength, courage, or valor, but does not carry the strong connotation of moral character.

While animus, animi can mean courage or spirit, its basic meaning is the rational soul or intellect in mankind.

Hope this helps, and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.



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by: Joseph Crosby Mecham

How about the Latin word for offices? Would that work as a substitute for titles? To make it make sense to the ancients?

Men don't follow titles, they follow bravery
by: William Wallace

Not even sure how i found this website but I am trying desperately to translage the following sentence from the movie Braveheart:

"Men don't follow titles, they follow bravery"

Google translates it as:
“Homines non sequitur titulos, sequuntur animi”

Thoughts? I would really appreciate any help.


Dear William,

Google is getting better all the time, but still makes jibberish by and large.

This makes more sense: Homines non sequuntur titulos, sequuntur animos

However, in English the word titles means those of a certain rank. Not sure that translates literally into Latin.


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