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fortitude

[fawr-ti-tood, -tyood]
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noun
  1. mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously: Never once did her fortitude waver during that long illness.
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Origin of fortitude

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin fortitūdō strength, firmness, courage, equivalent to forti(s) strong + -tūdō -tude

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fortitude

noun
  1. strength and firmness of mind; resolute endurance
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Derived Formsfortitudinous, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Latin fortitūdō courage
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Word Origin and History for fortitude

n.

early 15c., from Middle French fortitude, from Latin fortitudo "strength, force, firmness," from fortis "strong, brave" (see fort).

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