cer·​ti·​tude | \ ˈsər-tə-ˌtüd also -ˌtyüd How to pronounce certitude (audio) \
plural certitudes

Definition of certitude

1 : the state of being or feeling certain
2 : certainty of act or event
3 : something that is certain : certainty In the United States, death is feared … . Though it is a certitude that we all must deal with someday …— Anne M. Johnson

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certainty, certitude, conviction mean a state of being free from doubt. certainty and certitude are very close; certainty may stress the existence of objective proof claims that cannot be confirmed with scientific certainty , while certitude may emphasize a faith in something not needing or not capable of proof. believes with certitude in an afterlife conviction applies especially to belief strongly held by an individual. holds firm convictions on every issue

Examples of certitude in a Sentence

believes with certitude that he is the best candidate for the job

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The Hindu texts operate from a platform of skepticism, not a springboard of certitude. Shashi Tharoor, WSJ, "How Hinduism Has Persisted for 4,000 Years," 17 Jan. 2019 Or about the moral certitudes of the religious right. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "What Democrats Have Become," 19 Sep. 2018 To his flock, that certitude must feel reliable, comforting, centering. Chris Richards, chicagotribune.com, "J. Cole is the most divisive rapper in the world. Which side are you on?," 24 Apr. 2018 Again, to a degree of certitude that should be sufficient, they should be suppressed. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Former NSA and CIA director General Michael Hayden on Recode Decode," 19 June 2018 Richard Thaler, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, discusses volatility in stocks and says stocks can’t be based on the certitude that there will be a massive tax cut. Bloomberg.com, "Minuscule Volatility in Stocks Is Puzzling, Thaler Says," 10 Oct. 2017 Jonathan Chait, for instance, is a liberal technocrat, nostalgic for the certitude of Cold War liberalism and adept at writing forcefully wonkish briefs for Democratic Party policies on health care and economic policy. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "The Centrist Grievance Against “Victim Politics”," 7 May 2018 John Henry, it should be remembered, is for African-Americans a symbol of might and moral certitude in the face of exploitation, among other things. K. Austin Collins, HWD, "20 Years After Its Release, Spike Lee’s Basketball Epic He Got Game Remains Searing and Essential," 2 May 2018 His certitude faltered, however, in the presence of women: Ullrich depicts Hitler’s love life as a series of largely unfulfilled fixations. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How American Racism Influenced Hitler," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of certitude

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for certitude

Middle English, from Late Latin certitudo, from Latin certus

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: the state of being or feeling certain : freedom from doubt

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