fortitude
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin fortitudin-, fortitudo, from fortis Date: 12th century 1. strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage 2. obsolete strength

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  • fortitude — fortitude, grit, backbone, pluck, guts, sand denote a quality of character combining courage and staying power. Fortitude stresses strength of mind and firmness of purpose; it implies endurance, often prolonged endurance, of physical or mental… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • fortitude — ⇒FORTITUDE, subst. fém. Littér. Force morale, fermeté d âme. À Milan surtout presque tout le peuple témoigna une grande constance et beaucoup de fortitude (LAS CASES, Mémor. Ste Hélène, t. 1, 1823, p. 539) : • Comment le malheur agit il sur les… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fortitude — [fôrt′ə to͞od΄, fôrt′ətyo͞od΄] n. [ME < L fortitudo < fortis, strong: see FORT1] the strength to bear misfortune, pain, etc. calmly and patiently; firm courage SYN. PATIENCE fortitudinous [fôr΄təto͞od′ n əs, fôr΄tətyo͞od′ n əs] adj. SYN.… …   English World dictionary

  • fortitude — early 15c., from M.Fr. fortitude, from L. fortitudo strength, force, firmness, from fortis strong, brave (see FORT (Cf. fort)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • fortitude — index composure, longanimity, resignation (passive acceptance), spirit, sufferance, tolerance Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • fortitude — s. f. [Pouco usado] Força; fortaleza …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • fortitude — [n] strength of mind; guts backbone*, boldness, braveness, bravery, constancy, courage, courageousness, dauntlessness, determination, endurance, fearlessness, firmness, grit*, gutsiness, hardihood, heart, intrepidity, mettle, moxie, nerve,… …   New thesaurus

  • fortitude — ► NOUN ▪ courage and strength in bearing pain or trouble. ORIGIN Latin fortitudo, from fortis strong …   English terms dictionary

  • fortitude — n. 1) to demonstrate, display, show fortitude 2) (humorous) intestinal fortitude ( great courage ) 3) moral fortitude 4) the fortitude to + inf. (they had enough fortitude to finish the job) * * * [ fɔːtɪtjuːd] display show fortitude moral… …   Combinatory dictionary

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