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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
Schwarzenegger plays an inmate at the most secure prison on the planet with the fortitude to break out.
Your extraordinary courage, incredible confidence, and your willingness to take decisive action in the midst of an emergency has not only saved a life, but also serves as a shining example for Girl Scouts everywhere of fortitude and dedication.
And perhaps his fortitude inspired reluctant colleagues to take responsibility after seven years of repeal promises.
Despite his herculean physical fortitude, the creature in the novel is quite emotionally vulnerable.
The protection of the most vulnerable requires courage, fortitude, and the willingness to litigate if necessary.
The airport bars open early and endow patrons with both fortitude and an aura of righteous intoxication rarely found in morning drinking.
With so many elements working against you, such as disappearing pensions, low retirement account balances, and the increased cost of your childrens' education, your 50s require a great deal of mental fortitude and introspective honesty.
Staying sunny while being exposed to one grimy detail after another is truly testing my 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."
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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