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.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for fortitude

fortitude
/ (ˈfɔːtɪˌtjuːd) /

noun

strength and firmness of mind; resolute endurance

Derived forms of fortitude

fortitudinous, adjective

Word Origin for fortitude

C15: from Latin fortitūdō courage
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