longanimity

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noun lon·ga·nim·i·ty \ˌlȯŋ-gə-ˈni-mə-tē\

Definition of longanimity

  1. :  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").

Origin and Etymology of longanimity

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


First Known Use: 15th century

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holding stubbornly to a belief or view

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