- steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
- Theology. continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.
Origin of perseverance
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Examples from the Web for perseverance
With a backbone of steel, she matched her husband in intelligence, perseverance, and strength of spirit.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas
September 20, 2014
The amount of discipline and perseverance that it takes to train for a fight is incredible.Jesus Said Knock You Out: In ‘Fight Church’ Christians Beat Thy Neighbor
September 16, 2014
This ties to me a long history and beautiful culture of accomplishment and perseverance.Conservatives Agree: Barack Obama is ‘The Real Racist'
February 28, 2014
You will be stoic and brave, the platonic ideal of perseverance no matter what life throws at you.So You Have an Inconsequential But Awful Illness
Kelly Williams Brown
January 18, 2014
His perseverance helped him win partial scholarships to attend Emory University.Gavin Arvizo’s New Beginning: Jackson Abuse Accuser Gets Married at 24
December 9, 2013
I have often heard Pericles speak of his childish obstinacy and perseverance.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I sincerely wish you, sir, the success your perseverance so well deserves.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
But in his heart, I am sure, he was relieved by my perseverance in the project.In the Valley
As to that wretch's perseverance, those only, who know not the man, will wonder at it.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
With a little industry and perseverance wonders might be done in this country.The Field of Ice
- continued steady belief or efforts, withstanding discouragement or difficulty; persistence
- Christianity persistence in remaining in a state of grace until death
Word Origin and History for perseverance
mid-14c., from Old French perseverance "persistence, endurance" (12c., Modern French persévérance) and directly from Latin perseverantia "steadfastness, constancy," from perseverantem (nominative perseverans), from perseverare (see persevere).