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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
Collins showed more fortitude during the Mets’ 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field.
In his first season as a Patriots varsity singles player, Komis tried to mirror his idol Federer in showing strong mental fortitude.
Ms. Bishop gave birth to Caitlin (an inspiring rock of fortitude here), shortly after getting married in 1985.
But the President faces another test of political fortitude on whether to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord.
There was a lack of intestinal fortitude to address the border.
The Oakland Raiders slipped on their pads, donned their uniforms and summoned the fortitude to play.
Using the attributes built into her, Maeve manipulates Lutz (Leonardo Nam), a programmer of whose own fortitude must be at Level 1, to explain her own existence.
Yet the community has shown a remarkable fortitude.
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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."
Origin and Etymology of fortitude
Middle English, from Latin fortitudin-, fortitudo, from fortis —see fortify
First Known Use: 12th century
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.
FORTITUDE Defined for Kids
Definition of fortitude for Students
: strength of mind that lets a person meet danger, pain, or hardship with courage
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