[long-guh-nim-i-tee, lawng-]
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Origin of longanimity

1400–50; late Middle English longanimyte < Late Latin longanimitās patience, equivalent to longanimi(s) patient (long(us) long1 + anim(us) spirit + -is adj. suffix) + -tās -ty2
Related formslon·gan·i·mous [long-gan-uh-muh s, lawng-] /lɒŋˈgæn ə məs, lɔŋ-/, adjective
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  1. rare patience or forbearance
Derived Formslonganimous (lɒŋˈɡænɪməs), adjective

Word Origin for longanimity

C15: from Late Latin longanimitās, from longanimis forbearing, from longus long + animus mind, soul
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Word Origin and History for longanimity

"patience," mid-15c., from Late Latin longanimitas "long-suffering, patient," from longanimus, from longus (see long (adj.)) + animus- "soul, spirit, mind" (see animus).

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