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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 defensive fortitude of Brazil's midfield has been a strong influence on the Seleção's improvement since being thrashed 7-1 by Germany in 2014.
By contrast, Carlile echoed themes of forgiveness and inclusivity while underscoring the importance of individuality and fortitude.
This area corresponds with wisdom, responsibility, and fortitude.
The lone cowboy taming the land with lasso and fortitude may fit the myth of the West, but the reality was quite different.
The Lori Wood Courage Award is awarded to a student who displays courage and fortitude just like the late teacher this prestigious award is named for.
Photo: Andrew Surma/NurPhoto/Zuma Press Speaking of Group D. Everyone but Croatia may need a little extra fortitude to survive their last day of group play on Tuesday.
Rick has long been a bad leader, especially since Negan began to crack at Rick’s mental fortitude.
Nawalka claimed his tactics were spot on but the execution was not good enough from his players, also claiming that his have enough mental fortitude to overcome this setback.
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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
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