fortitude


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for·ti·tude

 (fôr′tĭ-to͞od′, -tyo͞od′)
n.
Strength of mind that allows one to endure pain or adversity with courage.

[Middle English, from Latin fortitūdō, from fortis, strong; see bhergh- in Indo-European roots.]

for′ti·tu′di·nous (-to͞od′n-əs, -tyo͞od′-) adj.

fortitude

(ˈfɔːtɪˌtjuːd)
n
strength and firmness of mind; resolute endurance
[C15: from Latin fortitūdō courage]
ˌfortiˈtudinous adj

for•ti•tude

(ˈfɔr tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud)

n.
mental and emotional strength in facing adversity, danger, or temptation courageously.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin fortitūdō strength, courage]
for`ti•tu′di•nous, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fortitude - strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage
natural virtue - (scholasticism) one of the four virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance) derived from nature
braveness, bravery, courage, courageousness - a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear
guts, moxie, backbone, grit, gumption, sand - fortitude and determination; "he didn't have the guts to try it"

fortitude

noun courage, strength, resolution, determination, guts (informal), patience, pluck, grit, endurance, bravery, backbone, perseverance, firmness, staying power, valour, fearlessness, strength of mind, intrepidity, hardihood, dauntlessness, stoutheartedness He suffered his illness with dignity and fortitude.

fortitude

noun
Translations
جَلَد، صَبْر
statečnost
karakterstyrketapperhed
hugrekki
dvasios tvirtybė
gara spēksizturība
cesaret ve dayanıklılık

fortitude

[ˈfɔːtɪtjuːd] Nfortaleza f, valor m

fortitude

[ˈfɔːrtɪtjuːd] ncourage m, force f d'âme

fortitude

n(innere) Kraft or Stärke

fortitude

[ˈfɔːtɪˌtjuːd] nforza d'animo

fortitude

(ˈfoːtitjuːd) noun
courage and endurance. He showed great fortitude during his long illness.
References in classic literature ?
An evening with John over the account books usually produced a temporary lull in the culinary enthusiasm, and a frugal fit would ensue, during which the poor man was put through a course of bread pudding, hash, and warmed-over coffee, which tried his soul, although he bore it with praiseworthy fortitude.
To you, Cora, I will urge no words of idle encouragement; your own fortitude and undisturbed reason will teach you all that may become your sex; but cannot we dry the tears of that trembling weeper on your bosom?
I confess I never before was under greater necessity of exercising philosophy and fortitude.
They had fortitude and self-reliance, and in time of difficulty or peril stood up for the welfare of the state like a line of cliffs against a tempestuous tide.
Driving at that hour, on a lovely day, through a country to which the summer sweetness seemed to offer me a friendly welcome, my fortitude mounted afresh and, as we turned into the avenue, encountered a reprieve that was probably but a proof of the point to which it had sunk.
Yet, for all his hardy sobriety and fortitude, there were certain qualities in him which at times affected, and in some cases seemed well nigh to overbalance all the rest.
Stubb saw him pause; and perhaps intending, not vainly, though, to evince his own unabated fortitude, and thus keep up a valiant place in his Captain's mind, he advanced, and eyeing the wreck exclaimed -- The thistle the ass refused; it pricked his mouth too keenly, sir; ha
The thought was forced upon me: "The ras- cals -- THEY have served other people so in their day; it being their own turn, now, they were not expecting any better treatment than this; so their philosophical bearing is not an outcome of mental training, intellec- tual fortitude, reasoning; it is mere animal training; they are white Indians.
It was not merely under the excitement of the sword-play that this fortitude was shown; it was shown in the surgeon's room where an uninspiring quiet reigned, and where there was no audience.
With the fortitude of a devoted novitiate, she had resolved at oneandtwenty to complete the sacrifice, and retire from all the pleasures of life, of rational intercourse, equal society, peace and hope, to penance and mortification for ever.
She avoided the looks of them all, could neither eat nor speak, and after some time, on her mother's silently pressing her hand with tender compassion, her small degree of fortitude was quite overcome, she burst into tears and left the room.
Should any little accidental disappointment of the appetite occur, such as the spoiling of a meal, the under or the over dressing of a dish, the incident ought not to be neutralised by replacing with something more delicate the comfort lost, thus pampering the body and obviating the aim of this institution; it ought to be improved to the spiritual edification of the pupils, by encouraging them to evince fortitude under temporary privation.