fortitude

[ fawr-ti-tood, -tyood ]
/ ˈfɔr tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud /

noun

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
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fortitude

/ (ˈfɔːtɪˌtjuːd) /

noun

strength and firmness of mind; resolute endurance

Derived Forms

fortitudinous, adjective

Word Origin for fortitude

C15: from Latin fortitūdō courage
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