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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 frozen wrecks of travelers with less fortitude lined Interstate 94 like so many broken heroes on a last-chance power drive.
The New York Times reported last week that Trump did indeed attempt to fire Mueller last June, but lacked the fortitude to follow through on his threat after White House Counsel Don McGahn refused.
Murray, making his second start since replacing a healthy Tony Parker, needed that fortitude while battling James in the fourth quarter.
Hanni showed great strength, persistence and fortitude in handling the challenges presented by her emphysema over the past 15 years.
This leads many voters to question whether Mr Zeman still has the fortitude to guide the country and match wits with the wily Mr Babis.
All glory goes to my mother, who passed on her speed, hand-eye coordination and mental fortitude directly to me.
But mental fortitude, work ethic and advice from his family have pushed him toward becoming one of the most valuable players on the team.
Some of this is mental fortitude and strategic savvy during competition.
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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."
Synonymsbackbone, constancy, fiber, grit, grittiness, guts, intestinal fortitude, pluck, spunk
Related Wordsdetermination, 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, temerity
Near Antonymsindecisiveness, irresoluteness, irresolution, vacillation; cowardice, cowardliness, cravenness, dastardliness, faintheartedness, pusillanimity, timidity, timorousness
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