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
* perseveraunce (archaic)
Continuing in a course of action without regard to discouragement, opposition or previous failure.
Persistent determination to adhere to a plan of direction; insistence.
* 2004 , , Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
- It had taken nine years from the evening that first showed up with a pie plate at her mother's door, but his dogged perseverance eventually won him the hand of his boyhood Sunday school crush.
* See also