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[fawr-ti-tood, -tyood] /ˈfɔr tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
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
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin fortitūdō strength, firmness, courage, equivalent to forti(s) strong + -tūdō -tude Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Let me congratulate you upon the fortitude and courage with which you have ignored those lying reports of my death.

    The Double Four E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He is a man of clear head, of courage, fortitude, and simple ingenuousness.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • She had the intrepidity to dare, and the fortitude to accomplish the undertaking.

  • The remaining pieces are detached statues of fortitude and Faith.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • Such losses as we have sustained we shall bear with pride and fortitude.

    The Kingdom of the Blind E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for fortitude


strength and firmness of mind; resolute endurance
Derived Forms
fortitudinous, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin fortitūdō courage
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Word Origin and History for fortitude

early 15c., from Middle French fortitude, from Latin fortitudo "strength, force, firmness," from fortis "strong, brave" (see fort).

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