Mental or emotional strength that enables courage in the face of adversity.
* 1612 , , King Henry VIII , act 3, sc. 2:
- . . . I am able now, methinks,
- Out of a fortitude of soul I feel,
* , ch. 1:
- To endure more miseries.
* 1906 , , The Mirror of the Sea , ch. 21:
- I shall soon have need for all my fortitude , as I am on the point of separation from my own daughter.
* 2012 Jan. 30, , "
- She may be saved by your efforts, by your resource and fortitude bearing up against the heavy weight of guilt and failure.
The Strategist," Time :
(archaic) Physical strength.
* 1604 , , Othello , act 1, sc. 3:
- Mitt Romney . . . charges that Obama is an appeaser who apologizes for America, lacks fortitude and is "tentative, indecisive, timid and nuanced."
- DUKE OF VENICE: The Turk with a most mighty preparation makes for
- Cyprus. Othello, the fortitude of the place is best
- known to you.
* (mental or emotional strength) inner strength, moxie, resolve
Deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it
* 1849 , Robert Leighton (Archbishop of Glasgow), A practical commentary upon the first Epistle of St. Peter (page 47)
- Oh! the unspeakable privilege to have Him for our Father, who is the Father of mercies and compassions , and those not barren, fruitless pityings, for He is withal the God of all consolations.
* empathy, pity, ruth, tenderheartedness, sorrow
* kindness, heart, mercy
* compassion fatigue
(obsolete) To pity.
* 1607 , , IV. i. 124:
- O heavens, can you hear a good man groan / And not relent, or not compassion him?