longanimity

noun
lon·​ga·​nim·​i·​ty | \ ˌlȯŋ-gə-ˈni-mə-tē How to pronounce longanimity (audio) \

Definition of longanimity

: a disposition to bear injuries patiently : forbearance

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Longanimity is a word with a long history. It came to English in the 15th century from the Late Latin adjective longanimis, meaning "patient" or "long-suffering." "Longanimis," in turn, derives from the Latin combination of "longus" ("long") and "animus" ("soul"). "Longus" is related to the ancestors of our word long and is itself an ancestor to several other English words, including "longevity" ("long life"), "elongate" ("to make longer"), and "prolong" ("to lengthen in time").

First Known Use of longanimity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for longanimity

Middle English longanymyte, from Late Latin longanimitat-, longanimitas, from longanimis patient, from Latin longus long + animus soul — more at animate

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“Longanimity.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longanimities. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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