Fortitude vs Perseverance - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between fortitude and perseverance

is that fortitude is mental or emotional strength that enables courage in the face of adversity while perseverance is continuing in a course of action without regard to discouragement, opposition or previous failure.

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fortitude

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • 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,
    To endure more miseries.
  • * , ch. 1:
  • I shall soon have need for all my fortitude , as I am on the point of separation from my own daughter.
  • * 1906 , , The Mirror of the Sea , ch. 21:
  • She may be saved by your efforts, by your resource and fortitude bearing up against the heavy weight of guilt and failure.
  • * 2012 Jan. 30, , " The Strategist," Time :
  • Mitt Romney . . . charges that Obama is an appeaser who apologizes for America, lacks fortitude and is "tentative, indecisive, timid and nuanced."
  • (archaic) Physical strength.
  • * 1604 , , Othello , act 1, sc. 3:
  • DUKE OF VENICE: The Turk with a most mighty preparation makes for
    Cyprus. Othello, the fortitude of the place is best
    known to you.

    Synonyms

    * (mental or emotional strength) inner strength, moxie, resolve

    perseverance

    English

    Alternative forms

    * perseveraunce (archaic)

    Noun

    (-)
  • 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.

    Synonyms

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