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n. pl. nisus
An effort or endeavor to realize an aim.

[Latin nīsus, from past participle of nītī, to strive.]


n, pl -sus
an impulse towards or striving after a goal
[C17: from Latin: effort, from nītī to strive]


(ˈnaɪ səs)

n., pl. -sus.
a striving toward a particular goal or attainment; effort; impulse.
[1690–1700; < Latin nīsus act of planting the feet, effort, derivative of nīt(ī) to support or exert oneself]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nisus - an effortful attempt to attain a goalnisus - an effortful attempt to attain a goal
attempt, effort, try, endeavor, endeavour - earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something; "made an effort to cover all the reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor"; "she gave it a good try"
jehad, jihad - a holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral or spiritual or political goal
References in classic literature ?
I may add that they say the author left it on record that he likened their friendship to that of Nisus and Euryalus, and Pylades and Orestes; and if that be so, it may be perceived, to the admiration of mankind, how firm the friendship must have been between these two peaceful animals, shaming men, who preserve friendships with one another so badly.
He was the son of Nisus, who was son to king Aretias, and he was foremost among all the suitors from the wheat-growing and well grassed island of Dulichium; his conversation, moreover, was more agreeable to Penelope than that of any of the other suitors, for he was a man of good natural disposition.
Eurynome the daughter of Nisus, Pandion's son, to whom Pallas Athene taught all her art, both wit and wisdom too; for she was as wise as the gods.
Yet the Eneasroman s reliance on the concept of immanent justice also means that God himself can incite violence to enforce the law, as happens to the Trojans Euryalus and Nisus, who murder and steal in the Italian camp at night (6649-826); to the Amazon Camilla, who kills the Trojans' master of law ("ewe meister"), Chloreus, and steals his armor (9064-111); and, eventually, to Turnus, for similar violations.
Dante denounces Virgil's compromised poetics by placing Turnus, the Aeneid's symbol of evil and also of injustice, between Euryalus and Nisus, the two inseparable friends whom Virgil takes as symbol of the inseparability of his poetry and the House of Augustus (Aen.
Cheering discovery" suggests that cynicism, because it acquiesces in the incorrigibility of human nature, lazily exempts itself from the nisus of reform.
of Tennessee, Knoxville; and Vice President for Research and Development, Nisus Corp.
Seven species of predators were identified: Indian palm squirrel Funambulus palmarum, house crow Corvus splendens, jungle crow Corvus macrorhynchos, shikra Accipiter badius, Eurasian sparrow hawk Accipiter nisus, rufous treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda, snake (unidentified species).
The diets of Eurasian sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus and Black kite Milvus migrans occupying Lal Sohanra National Park at Bahawalpur, southern Punjab were analyzed.
Rs 30 crore is invested by Nisus Finance Services, a leading start-up alternatives managers in Shriram Land Development.
and was president and CEO of Nisus, a subsidiary of Pan-American Life from 1992 to 1995.
He has earlier held the position of president and chief executive officer of Nisus, a subsidiary of Pan-American Life, has spent 12 years at Willis Corroonw and was a director of the Life Insurance Marketing Research Association (LIMRA) and the Life Office Management Association (LOMA).