fortitude
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈfɔːtɪtjuːd/
Noun

fortitude

  1. Mental or emotional strength that enables courage in the face of adversity.
    • 1612, William Shakespeare, King Henry VIII, act 3, scene 2:
      . . . I am able now, methinks,
      Out of a fortitude of soul I feel,
      To endure more miseries.
    • circa 1794 Jane Austen, Lady Susan, chapter 1:
      I shall soon have need for all my fortitude, as I am on the point of separation from my own daughter.
    • 1906, Joseph Conrad, The Mirror of the Sea, chapter 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, Fareed Zakaria, "[http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2104842,00.html The Strategist]," Time:
      Mitt Romney . . . charges that Obama is an appeaser who apologizes for America, lacks fortitude and is "tentative, indecisive, timid and nuanced."
  2. (archaic) Physical strength.
    • 1604, William Shakespeare, Othello, act 1, scene 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.
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