[ fawr-ti-tood, -tyood ]
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  1. 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

First recorded 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin fortitūdō “strength, firmness, courage,” equivalent to forti(s) “strong” + -tūdō noun suffix (see -tude)

synonym study For fortitude

See patience.

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How to use fortitude in a sentence

  • But Aunt Ri did not know what forces of fortitude had been gathering in Ramona's soul during these last bitter years.

    Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
  • He faced his loss with stoical fortitude, as I believe he would have confronted any disaster that life could bring.

  • Recovering her fortitude, she sat down and wrote to M. Roland a minute account of all her proceedings.

  • With an animated countenance and a cheerful smile, she was all engrossed in endeavoring to infuse fortitude into his soul.

  • Woman's nature triumphs over philosophic fortitude, and she finds momentary relief in a flood of tears.

British Dictionary definitions for fortitude


/ (ˈfɔːtɪˌtjuːd) /

  1. strength and firmness of mind; resolute endurance

Origin of fortitude

C15: from Latin fortitūdō courage

Derived forms of fortitude

  • fortitudinous, adjective

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