- an effort or striving toward a particular goal or attainment; impulse.
Origin of nisus
1690–1700; < Latin nīsus act of planting the feet, effort, equivalent to nīt(ī) to support or exert oneself + -tus suffix of v. action, with tt > s
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Examples from the Web for nisus
Nisus cries: 'Lend the gods this fervour to the soul, Euryalus?The Aeneid of Virgil
And Nisus said that he had somewhat to say, and that the matter pressed.Stories from Virgil
Alfred J. Church
The daughter of Nisus 1271 past by, the cautious mariner rejoices.
But mythology comes in and attributes them all to a nisus for self-preservation.Human Nature and Conduct
Youth sent with Nisus to warn Æneas that his son was in danger, 374.Myths of Greece and Rome
H. A. Guerber
- an impulse towards or striving after a goal
C17: from Latin: effort, from nītī to strive
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