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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
There has been no rebuilding project in Columbus, and credit goes to Holtmann’s defensive fortitude and Wooden Award finalist Keita Bates-Diop, who has been an offensive juggernaut all season and helped Ohio State shoot close to 50% from the field.
Griffin now likely moves onto the NFL, another test of fortitude, as a young man rising up the draft charts.
Hopefully Europe has the fortitude to weather change.
These characteristics served her well, particularly in her later years, when the challenges of aging failed to deter her from continuing to lead her daily life with fortitude in an organized, disciplined capacity and with an unfailing belief in God.
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.
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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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