[en-doo r-uh ns, -dyoo r-]
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  1. the fact or power of enduring or bearing pain, hardships, etc.
  2. the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions; stamina: He has amazing physical endurance.
  3. lasting quality; duration: His friendships have little endurance.
  4. something endured, as a hardship; trial.

Origin of endurance

First recorded in 1485–95; endure + -ance

Synonyms for endurance

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1. See patience.
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Contemporary Examples of endurance

Historical Examples of endurance

  • I didn't mean it, but things are getting beyond my endurance.


    William J. Locke

  • The endurance of the human frame is something marvelous, when you come to think of it.

  • By this time his audience had become too large and friendly for his endurance.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Celerity, valor, endurance, they were his iridescent neck and tail feathers.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • All of a sudden, his patience, endurance, pluck seemed to give out.

British Dictionary definitions for endurance


  1. the capacity, state, or an instance of enduring
  2. something endured; a hardship, strain, or privation
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Word Origin and History for endurance

late 15c., "continued existence in time;" see endure + -ance. Meaning "ability to endure suffering, etc." is from 1660s.

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