bravado (n.) 1580s, from Fr. bravade "bragging, boasting," from It. bravata "bragging, boasting" (16c.), from bravare "brag, boast, be defiant," from bravo (see BRAVE (Cf. brave) (adj.)). Influenced in form by Spanish words ending in -ado.

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