Definition of pluck :
1. Especially, to pull with sudden force or effort, or to pull off or out from something, with a twitch; to twitch; also, to gather, to pick; as, to pluck feathers from a fowl; to pluck hair or wool from a skin; to pluck grapes.
2. Spirit; courage; indomitable resolution; fortitude.
3. The act of plucking, or the state of being plucked, at college. See Pluck, v. t., 4.
4. The act of plucking; a pull; a twitch.
5. The heart, liver, and lights of an animal.
6. The lyrie.
7. To make a motion of pulling or twitching; - usually with at; as, to pluck at one's gown.
8. To pull; to draw.
9. To reject at an examination for degrees.
10. To strip of, or as of, feathers; as, to pluck a fowl.
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bravery (part of speech: noun)
resolution (part of speech: noun)
grit, resolution, tenacity, steadfastness, toughness, fervency, devotion, perseverance, stubbornness, bullheadedness, tirelessness, heartiness, persistence, headstrongness, decisiveness, stamina, diligence, stoniness, indomitability, faithfulness, indefatigability, trueness, determination, dauntlessness, staunchness
courage (part of speech: noun)
- If I admire Rod, with his constant driving action, his indomitable pluck, his simple but tremendous belief in the importance of what he has undertaken to do, that's my own affair. - "The Front Yard", Constance Fenimore Woolson.
- If pluck will make you win, I am sure you will carry it through, but if at first you don't succeed, try, try again; and if you haven't the money, I'll supply the capital. - "Jennie Baxter, Journalist", Robert Barr.
- Though he had been found out, he still felt himself to be master of the situation; and with every minute's grace his pluck returned to him. - "The Red Rat's Daughter", Guy Boothby.