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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
The message did not exactly ring with confidence and fortitude.
There were academic and athletic gifts, leadership and charitable gifts, gifts of fortitude and patriotism.
His defiance and fortitude won him praise and loyalty from most Republicans -- including Trump.
Toilets were scrubbed with noxious blue granules — and fortitude.
The real test of one's fortitude is what happens after one has failed.
The next day, most London citizens displayed remarkable fortitude and pugnacity by rising, overcoming their fears and going into Hyde Park, Westminster Bridge or any of a thousand local pubs and coffee shops.
Lesco, 33, had the mental fortitude to beat out 11 other contestants including Morgan, who ate a mere 27 dozen.
Such is the fortitude of such players as Jason Richards, who makes a bevy of bold choices as Tateh, the immigrant with the dream, the talent and the determination, and who makes every last one of them feel authentic.
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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.
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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