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endurance

[en-doo r-uh ns, -dyoo r-] /ɛnˈdʊər əns, -ˈdyʊər-/
noun
1.
the fact or power of enduring or bearing pain, hardships, etc.
2.
the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions; stamina:
He has amazing physical endurance.
3.
lasting quality; duration:
His friendships have little endurance.
4.
something endured, as a hardship; trial.
Origin of endurance
1485-1495
First recorded in 1485-95; endure + -ance
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  • I didn't mean it, but things are getting beyond my endurance.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • The endurance of the human frame is something marvelous, when you come to think of it.

  • By this time his audience had become too large and friendly for his endurance.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Celerity, valor, endurance, they were his iridescent neck and tail feathers.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • All of a sudden, his patience, endurance, pluck seemed to give out.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
British Dictionary definitions for endurance

endurance

/ɪnˈdjʊərəns/
noun
1.
the capacity, state, or an instance of enduring
2.
something endured; a hardship, strain, or privation
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Word Origin and History for endurance
n.

late 15c., "continued existence in time;" see endure + -ance. Meaning "ability to endure suffering, etc." is from 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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