- mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously: Never once did her fortitude waver during that long illness.
Origin of fortitude
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Examples from the Web for fortitude
Some might lack the fortitude—or masochism—required to endure a grueling campaign (Rubio).What Republicans Need Right Now Is a Good Internal Fight
November 6, 2014
He rarely suggests that we develop the fortitude to unplug our brains from the news-generated matrix that subsumes us.What is the News? Whatever Alain de Botton Thinks It Is
February 20, 2014
But the fact is that not a lot of these people have the fortitude and skill required to do that.In Defense of the House 39
November 18, 2013
It would take a lot of confidence and fortitude to go against all that.How Obama Got Bin Laden: A Detailed Account From ‘Showdown’ by David Corn
April 29, 2012
This plethora of Rise with the Prize events captures the fortitude of women as they stand together.Global Events Celebrate Success of Women Nobel Prize Laureates
December 12, 2011
But Uncle Peter had already put in some hard winters, and was not wanting in fortitude.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Till then we must submit with what fortitude and cheerfulness we may.
I begin to fear that all my fortitude is mistaken for indifference.
Your temper, fortitude, and persevering affection, have now their just reward.
Edwin had the fortitude of a hero, but he had also the feelings of a man.Imogen
- strength and firmness of mind; resolute endurance
Word Origin and History for fortitude
early 15c., from Middle French fortitude, from Latin fortitudo "strength, force, firmness," from fortis "strong, brave" (see fort).