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fortitude

: mental strength and courage that allows someone to face danger, pain, etc.

Full Definition of FORTITUDE

1
:  strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage
2
obsolete :  strength

Examples of FORTITUDE

  1. She has endured disappointments with fortitude and patience.
  2. <it was only with the greatest fortitude that the Pilgrims were able to survive their first winter in Plymouth>
  3. … everyone in the family was succored by Elizabeth’s fortitude and steadfastness. —Nicholas Fox Weber, The Clarks Of Cooperstown, 2007

Origin of FORTITUDE

Middle English, from Latin fortitudin-, fortitudo, from fortis

First Known Use: 12th century
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