- the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
- an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay: to have patience with a slow learner.
- quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence: to work with patience.
- Cards (chiefly British ). solitaire(def 1).
- Also called patience dock. a European dock, Rumex patientia, of the buckwheat family, whose leaves are often used as a vegetable.
- Obsolete. leave; permission; sufference.
Origin of patience
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- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for patience
It took a special, meticulous kind of person to accomplish the undertaking, someone with brains, patience, and nerves of steel.The High Society Bank Robber of the 1800s
J. North Conway
October 19, 2014
Users also require the bandwidth and patience to download large files (Flames of War is nearly a gigabyte).ISIS Is Winning the Online Jihad Against the West
Ali Fisher, Nico Prucha
October 1, 2014
To their minds, he was like a child trying to test the limits of his family's patience and affection.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Leonard said, “Patience” or “Give it time” or “Wait your turn.”The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters
August 2, 2014
Duran believe that patience and tenacity helped things progress this far and they will be required in order for continued success.Helter Smelter No More: Moving to Conflict Free Minerals
June 26, 2014
“Have patience with him, good Master Pepper,” returned Mr. Headley.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Your father and uncles would have no patience were he to come.
Your patience, my dearest Mamma:—you were pleased to say, you would hear me with patience.
I beg your pardon, dear Madam, and your patience with me on such an occasion as this.
The quartette started for the station with Patience and Emma in the lead.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
- tolerant and even-tempered perseverance
- the capacity for calmly enduring pain, trying situations, etc
- mainly British any of various card games for one player only, in which the cards may be laid out in various combinations as the player tries to use up the whole packUS equivalent: solitaire
- obsolete permission; sufferance
Word Origin and History for patience
c.1200, "quality of being patient in suffering," from Old French pacience "patience; sufferance, permission" (12c.) and directly from Latin patientia "patience, endurance, submission; quality of suffering," from patientem (nominative patiens), present participle of pati "to suffer, endure," from PIE root *pe(i)- "to damage, injure, hurt" (see passion).
Patience, n. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue. [Ambrose Bierce, "Devil's Dictionary," 1911]
Meaning "constancy in effort" is attested from 1510s. Meaning "card game for one person" is from 1816.
Idioms and Phrases with patience
see try one's patience.