- the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
- an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay: to have patience with a slow learner.
- quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence: to work with patience.
- Cards (chiefly British ). solitaire(def 1).
- Also called patience dock. a European dock, Rumex patientia, of the buckwheat family, whose leaves are often used as a vegetable.
- Obsolete. leave; permission; sufference.
Origin of patience
- a female given name.
Related Wordsperseverance, grit, composure, diligence, restraint, endurance, poise, moderation, self-control, humility, fortitude, tolerance, persistence, bearing, heart, stoicism, leniency, long-suffering, toleration, equanimity
Examples from the Web for patiences
What are you and Bertie sitting here for like two Patiences on monuments?Dodo, Volumes 1 and 2
Edward Frederic Benson
Suddenly the soldier in command stopped in front of Patiences chair and laid a heavy hand on her little bare, brown arm.
There was the square of rough cloth in her hand, and the sticky needle, and the thread that would knot in spite of Patiences care.
People who are really fond of other patiences don't; they despise it because it comes out.The Lee Shore
- tolerant and even-tempered perseverance
- the capacity for calmly enduring pain, trying situations, etc
- mainly British any of various card games for one player only, in which the cards may be laid out in various combinations as the player tries to use up the whole packUS equivalent: solitaire
- obsolete permission; sufferance
Word Origin and History for patiences
c.1200, "quality of being patient in suffering," from Old French pacience "patience; sufferance, permission" (12c.) and directly from Latin patientia "patience, endurance, submission; quality of suffering," from patientem (nominative patiens), present participle of pati "to suffer, endure," from PIE root *pe(i)- "to damage, injure, hurt" (see passion).
Patience, n. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue. [Ambrose Bierce, "Devil's Dictionary," 1911]
Meaning "constancy in effort" is attested from 1510s. Meaning "card game for one person" is from 1816.
Idioms and Phrases with patiences
see try one's patience.