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 English's 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"). Now used somewhat infrequently in English, longanimity stresses the character of one who, like the figure of Job in the Bible, endures prolonged suffering with extreme patience.

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longanimity. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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