The definition at dictionary.com states – a quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc.. without fear. Bravery.
I disagree. It's a little off.
It should read a quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc... in spite of fear. To push aside your fear, uncertainty, apprehension to accomplish a difficult challenge, despite the danger and regardless of the pain.
Think about it, if a action was not at least a little scary why would you need courage.
If something was difficult and you did it anyway you would be disciplined
If something was dangerous and you weren't a little scared or apprehensive you would be stupid.
If something was painful and you weren't a little apprehensive you would be a masochistic.
Just a thought that traveled through my mind.