certitude


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cer·ti·tude

 (sûr′tĭ-to͞od′, -tyo͞od′)
n.
1. The state of being certain or convinced of something; complete assurance; confidence: Who can say with certitude how strong the economy will be next year?
2. Something that is assured or believed to be true: "serene certitudes instilled in me by my family and teachers" (Garry Wills).

[Middle English, from Late Latin certitūdō, from Latin certus, certain; see certain.]

certitude

(ˈsɜːtɪˌtjuːd)
n
confidence; certainty
[C15: from Church Latin certitūdō, from Latin certus certain]

cer•ti•tude

(ˈsɜr tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud)

n.
freedom from doubt, esp. in matters of faith or opinion; certainty.
[1375–1425; < Late Latin certitūdō < Latin certi-, comb. form of certus sure (see certain)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.certitude - total certainty or greater certainty than circumstances warrant
certainty - the state of being certain; "his certainty reassured the others"

certitude

noun certainty, confidence, conviction, assurance, sureness, positiveness I cannot say with any degree of certitude what will happen next.

certitude

noun
The fact or condition of being without doubt:
Translations

certitude

[ˈsɜːtɪtjuːd] Ncertidumbre f

certitude

[ˈsɜːrtɪtjuːd] ncertitude f

certitude

nGewissheit f, → Sicherheit f

certitude

[ˈsɜːtɪˌtjuːd] n (frm) → certezza, sicurezza
References in classic literature ?
On the spot there came to me the added shock of a certitude that it was not for me he had come there.
With some difficulty, after many turnings and new inquiries, they reached Prison Street; and the grim walls of the jail, the first object that answered to any image in Silas's memory, cheered him with the certitude, which no assurance of the town's name had hitherto given him, that he was in his native place.
Doubtless Sylvia was not entirely suitable to me, and to marry her was to be faithless to that vision of the highest, that wonderful unknown woman of the apocalyptic moorland, whose face Sylvia had not even momentarily banished from my dreams, and whom, with an unaccountable certitude, I still believed to be the woman God had destined for me; but, all things considered, Sylvia was surely as pretty an answer to prayer as a man could reasonably hope for.
I was especially delighted with the mathematics, on account of the certitude and evidence of their reasonings; but I had not as yet a precise knowledge of their true use; and thinking that they but contributed to the advancement of the mechanical arts, I was astonished that foundations, so strong and solid, should have had no loftier superstructure reared on them.
Some of the masters whose influence left a trace upon my character to this very day, combined a fierceness of conception with a certitude of execution upon the basis of just appreciation of means and ends which is the highest quality of the man of action.
But for some time his family thought it likely that David would never reappear; and the eldest son, who had the charge of Jacob on his hands, often thought it a little hard that David might perhaps be dead, and yet, for want of certitude on that point, his legacy could not fall to his legal heir.
And as if he felt the impulse to celebrate his happy certitude by a bonfire, he got up to throw a couple of logs upon the already blazing hearth.
How the lady arrived at this certitude didn't appear, for Vogelstein observed that she held no communication with the girl.
The indistinctness mocked him even while he stared, affected him as somehow shrouding or challenging certitude, so that after faltering an instant on his step he let himself go with the sense that here WAS at last something to meet, to touch, to take, to know - something all unnatural and dreadful, but to advance upon which was the condition for him either of liberation or of supreme defeat.
I know the Unknown God," said the little priest, with an unconscious grandeur of certitude that stood up like a granite tower.
As I have already had occasion to relate, he was angry at finding himself reduced to chopping logic about this young lady; he was vexed at his want of instinctive certitude as to how far her eccentricities were generic, national, and how far they were personal.
Some have felt that these blundering lives are due to the inconvenient indefiniteness with which the Supreme Power has fashioned the natures of women: if there were one level of feminine incompetence as strict as the ability to count three and no more, the social lot of women might be treated with scientific certitude.