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moxie

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Synonyms for moxie

  • boldness
  • fearlessness
  • fortitude
  • grit
  • guts
  • spunk
  • stamina
  • tenacity
  • toughness
  • adventurousness
  • audacity
  • backbone
  • braveness
  • bravery
  • daring
  • dash
  • dauntlessness
  • determination
  • gameness
  • hardihood
  • mettle
  • nerve
  • pluck
  • prowess
  • spirit
  • valor
  • adventuresomeness
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Antonyms for moxie

  • cowardice
  • fear
  • timidity
  • weakness
  • humility
  • irresolution
  • modesty
  • spinelessness
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MOXIE

The woods about Moxie Lake were literally carpeted with Linna.

Trout weighing four and five pounds have been taken at Moxie, but none of that size came to our hand.

I had never before seen or heard this bird, and its loud cackle in the woods about Moxie was a new sound to me.

WORD ORIGIN

"courage," 1930, from Moxie, brand name of a bitter, non-alcoholic drink, 1885, perhaps as far back as 1876 as the name of a patent medicine advertised to "build up your nerve;" despite legendary origin stories put out by the company that made it, it is perhaps ultimately from a New England Indian word (it figures in river and lake names in Maine, where it is apparently from Abenaki and means "dark water"). Much-imitated in its day; in 1917 the Moxie Company won an infringement suit against a competitor's beverage marketed as "Proxie."

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nounstrong desire for success

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nounmuscular strength and breadth

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