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
The mental ability to recover quickly from depression, illness or misfortune.
The physical property of material that can resume its shape after being stretched or deformed; elasticity.
The positive ability of a system or company to adapt itself to the consequences of a catastrophic failure caused by power outage, a fire, a bomb or similar (particularly IT systems, archives).