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Examples of fortitude in a Sentence
- … everyone in the family was succored by Elizabeth's fortitude and steadfastness. —Nicholas Fox Weber, The Clarks Of Cooperstown, 2007
- But now Frum, by having the fortitude to revisit that bizarre era, has half-persuaded me that the '70s, a partial negation of the '60s, in one way, were a partial confirmation of them in another. —Christopher Hitchens, Civilization, April/May 2000
- He learned that war was a hurly-burly of violence in which men prevailed through imagination and the fortitude to struggle on despite reverses. —Neil Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie, 1988
She has endured disappointments with fortitude and patience.
it was only with the greatest fortitude that the Pilgrims were able to survive their first winter in Plymouth
Recent Examples of fortitude from the Web
Her personal fortitude is matched only by her modesty and willingness to help others.
Mabel Norris Reese ran a struggling weekly newspaper in Lake County, and this middle-aged white woman had the courage and fortitude to challenge the authority of Willis McCall.
To see what’s going on in this country as far as gun violence, and the lack of real fortitude to do anything about it, is keeping me up at night.
Manchester City wizard Kevin De Bruyne claims that mental fortitude is behind both his and Mo Salah's ability to bounce back from their Chelsea rejections to become the two best players in the Premier League.
The fortitude of social connections is a predictor of resistance to Alzheimer’s and overall mental health.
Our world today, both complex and changing, is in need of the balance between moral fortitude and cathartic expression.
And while wins like that election have come at the cost of her darkening moral fortitude, there’s always been a reason to cheer her on.
Assistant coach Luke Murray added more details, saying the first characteristics Mack looks for in evaluating players are fortitude and toughness.
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Did You Know?
Fortitude comes from the Latin word fortis, meaning "strong," and in English it has always been used primarily to describe strength of mind. For a time, the word was also used to mean physical strength - Shakespeare used that sense in The First Part of King Henry the Sixth:
"Coward of France! How much he wrongs his fame
Despairing of his own arm's fortitude." But despite use by the Bard, that second sense languished and is now considered obsolete."
FORTITUDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fortitude for English Language Learners
: mental strength and courage that allows someone to face danger, pain, etc.
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