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[nahy-suh s]
noun, plural ni·sus.
  1. an effort or striving toward a particular goal or attainment; impulse.
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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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Historical Examples of 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.

  • Youth sent with Nisus to warn Æneas that his son was in danger, 374.

British Dictionary definitions for nisus


noun plural -sus
  1. an impulse towards or striving after a goal
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Word Origin for nisus

C17: from Latin: effort, from nītī to strive
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