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.
- per·se·ver·ant, adjective
- non·per·se·ver·ance, noun
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How to use perseverance in a sentence
In surveying the damage over several years, Imbolo Mbue crafts an aching narrative about greed, community and perseverance.Here Are the 14 New Books You Should Read in March | Annabel Gutterman | February 26, 2021 | Time
The album embodied King’s musical genius, capturing her optimism and perseverance, which enabled her to make it in a man’s world and has given the album great longevity and appeal to fans of all types of music.Fifty years later, ‘Tapestry’s’ hope and optimism still resonates | Tanya Pearson | February 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Our perseverance lies in recognizing our reliance on the Earth system, not our dominance of it.
The stories from entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses and the never-ending tales of heartache, perseverance, and resilience.Podcast recommendations for a better life and career from Fortune’s 40 under 40 | Aric Jenkins | September 5, 2020 | Fortune
The companies that thrived in 2020 mastered the art of perseverance — and how they did so is instructive.Shopify, Chewy and Ally are Resilience Awards finalists | Digiday Awards | September 1, 2020 | Digiday
“This is what you call perseverance, ladies and gentlemen,” Greenfield said.How Brooklyn’s First Ice Cream Girl Fought City Hall–and Won | Michael Daly | October 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
With a backbone of steel, she matched her husband in intelligence, perseverance, and strength of spirit.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas | Nick Kotz | September 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The amount of discipline and perseverance that it takes to train for a fight is incredible.Jesus Said Knock You Out: In ‘Fight Church’ Christians Beat Thy Neighbor | Bryan Storkel | September 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
One thinks of Viktor Frankl here—“What is to give light must endure burning”—and his philosophy of human perseverance.
This ties to me a long history and beautiful culture of accomplishment and perseverance.Conservatives Agree: Barack Obama is ‘The Real Racist' | Jamelle Bouie | February 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She has an obstinacy and a perseverance in sticking at you that drive you almost wild, but make you learn "lots" in the end.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
The students of the great Universities of Scotland offer, perhaps, the most striking proofs of perseverance to be found.Friend Mac Donald | Max O'Rell
Lewis Hayden by perseverance, may yet become a very wealthy man.
There are many Mahomedans among the inhabitants, who surpass the Hindoos in industry and perseverance.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
There is great perseverance, aye, moral courage of no mean order, in his survival in the movement.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
British Dictionary definitions for perseverance
continued steady belief or efforts, withstanding discouragement or difficulty; persistence
Christianity persistence in remaining in a state of grace until death
- perseverant, adjective
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