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perseverance

[pur-suh-veer-uhns]
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noun
  1. steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
  2. Theology. continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.
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Origin of perseverance

1300–50; Middle English perseveraunce < Middle French perseverance < Latin persevērantia. See persevere, -ance
Related formsper·se·ver·ant, adjectivenon·per·se·ver·ance, nounnon·per·se·ver·ant, adjective

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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.
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Related Words

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Historical Examples

  • I accepted it on the presumption that I had talents, honesty, and propensities to perseverant effort.

    Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Vol. I (of 2)

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • This vessel had been whaling in 256the southern seas during five years, without any adequate return for her perseverant exertions.


British Dictionary definitions for perseverant

perseverance

noun
  1. continued steady belief or efforts, withstanding discouragement or difficulty; persistence
  2. Christianity persistence in remaining in a state of grace until death
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Derived Formsperseverant, adjective
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Word Origin and History for perseverant

adj.

mid-14c. (implied in perseverantly), from Middle French persévérant (12c.), present participle of persévérer (see persevere).

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perseverance

n.

mid-14c., from Old French perseverance "persistence, endurance" (12c., Modern French persévérance) and directly from Latin perseverantia "steadfastness, constancy," from perseverantem (nominative perseverans), from perseverare (see persevere).

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