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[sur-ti-tood, -tyood] /ˈsɜr tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
freedom from doubt, especially in matters of faith or opinion; certainty.
Origin of certitude
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin certitūdō, equivalent to Latin certi- (combining form of certus sure; see certain) + -tūdō -tude
Related forms
noncertitude, noun
uncertitude, noun
Can be confused
certainty, certitude.
assurance, conviction, belief. Unabridged
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  • Since then his slenderness has developed into plumpness and his hope into certitude.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • I had had the presentiment of this, but the certitude of it now caused me intense grief.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Our main hope lies just in the certitude that he must come to town sooner or later.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • This certitude would have made her put up with worse torments.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • I had the certitude that this mother, refused in her heart to give her son up after all.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for certitude


confidence; certainty
Word Origin
C15: from Church Latin certitūdō, from Latin certuscertain
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Word Origin and History for certitude

early 15c., from Middle French certitude "certainty" (16c.), from Late Latin certitudinem (nominative certitudo) "that which is certain," from Latin certus "sure, certain" (see certain).

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