[ pur-suh-veer-uhns ]
/ ˌpɜr səˈvɪər əns /
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steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
Theology. continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.


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Origin of perseverance

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English perseveraunce, from Middle French perseverance, from Latin persevērantia; see persevere, -ance

synonym study for perseverance

1. Perseverance, persistence, tenacity, pertinacity imply resolute and unyielding holding on in following a course of action. Perseverance commonly suggests activity maintained in spite of difficulties or steadfast and long-continued application: Endurance and perseverance combined to win in the end. It is regularly used in a favorable sense. Persistence, which may be used in either a favorable or an unfavorable sense, implies unremitting (and sometimes annoying) perseverance: persistence in a belief; persistence in talking when others wish to study. Tenacity, with the original meaning of adhesiveness, as of glue, is a dogged and determined holding on. Whether used literally or figuratively it has favorable implications: a bulldog quality of tenacity; the tenacity of one's memory. Pertinacity, unlike its related word, is used chiefly in an unfavorable sense, that of overinsistent tenacity: the pertinacity of the social climber.

OTHER WORDS FROM perseverance

per·se·ver·ant, adjectivenon·per·se·ver·ance, noun
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What does perseverance mean?

Perseverance is the quality of those who persevere—continue to do or try to achieve something despite difficulty or discouragement. A close synonym is persistence.

Perseverance can also refer to the act of persevering, as in Only through hard work and perseverance will we be able to achieve our goal—it will not be easy. 

The word is typically used in a positive way to refer to the quality of someone who doesn’t give up no matter what. A person who keeps trying despite major challenges and setbacks is said to show perseverance.

Example: You showed great perseverance by recovering from your injury to compete at an even higher level.

Where does perseverance come from?

The first records of the word perseverance come from the 1300s. It ultimately derives from the Latin persevērāre, meaning “to persist,” from persevērus, “very strict.”

Perseverance takes strict discipline. People who show perseverance may want to give up, but they keep going. Perseverance is often associated with other qualities that are thought to be essential for achieving success, like patience and a willingness to work hard. But perseverance is more than working hard—it’s continuing to work hard even after failing.

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How is perseverance used in real life?

Perseverance is almost always discussed as a positive quality.



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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of perseverance?

A. persistence
B. intelligence
C. tenacity
D. endurance

How to use perseverance in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for perseverance

/ (ˌpɜːsɪˈvɪərəns) /

continued steady belief or efforts, withstanding discouragement or difficulty; persistence
Christianity persistence in remaining in a state of grace until death

Derived forms of perseverance

perseverant, adjective
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