perseverance

[ pur-suh-veer-uhns ]
/ ˌpɜr səˈvɪər əns /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. persephone,
  2. persepolis,
  3. perses,
  4. perseus,
  5. perseus cluster,
  6. perseverant,
  7. perseverate,
  8. perseveration,
  9. persevere,
  10. persevering

Origin of perseverance

1300–50; Middle English perseveraunce < Middle French perseverance < Latin persevērantia. See persevere, -ance

SYNONYMS FOR perseverance
1. doggedness, steadfastness. 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.

Related formsper·se·ver·ant, adjectivenon·per·se·ver·ance, nounnon·per·se·ver·ant, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for perseverant

perseverance

/ (ˌpɜːsɪˈvɪərəns) /

noun

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

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