Fortitude
Fortitude For"ti*tude, n. [L. fortitudo, fr. fortis strong. See {Fort}.] 1. Power to resist attack; strength; firmness. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The fortitude of the place is best known to you. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. That strength or firmness of mind which enables a person to encounter danger with coolness and courage, or to bear pain or adversity without murmuring, depression, or despondency; passive courage; resolute endurance; firmness in confronting or bearing up against danger or enduring trouble. [1913 Webster]

Extolling patience as the truest fortitude. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues. --Locke.

Syn: Courage; resolution; resoluteness; endurance; bravery. See {Courage}, and {Heroism}. [1913 Webster]


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