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backbone

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of backbone

  1. 1 a column of bones supporting the trunk of a vertebrate animal <found the backbone of a fish lying on the beach> Synonyms spine, chine, spinal column, vertebral columnRelated Words back, spinal cord, vertebra

  2. 2 the strength of mind that enables a person to endure pain or hardship <it takes backbone to stand up to the kind of suffering that some cancer patients must endure> Synonyms fortitude, constancy, fiber, grit, grittiness, guts, intestinal fortitude, pluck, spunkRelated Words determination, purposefulness, resoluteness, resolution; bravery, courage, courageousness, daring, dauntlessness, doughtiness, fearlessness, gallantry, greatheartedness, intrepidity, intrepidness, nerve, stoutness, valor; endurance, forbearance, stamina, sufferance, tolerance; heart, mettle, spirit; audacity, boldness, brass, cheek, chutzpah (also chutzpa or hutzpah or hutzpa), effrontery, gall, hardihood, nerve, nerviness, temerityNear Antonyms indecisiveness, irresoluteness, irresolution, vacillation; cowardice, cowardliness, cravenness, dastardliness, faintheartedness, pusillanimity, timidity, timorousnessAntonyms spinelessness




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