per·​se·​ver·​ance | \ ˌpər-sə-ˈvir-ən(t)s How to pronounce perseverance (audio) \

Definition of perseverance

: continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition : the action or condition or an instance of persevering : steadfastness

Examples of perseverance in a Sentence

The great international collectors and curators, once celebrated for their perceptiveness and perseverance, are now regularly deplored as traffickers in, or receivers of, stolen goods. — Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Review of Books, 9 Feb. 2006 … a cavalcade of black and brown and female faces spinning stories of hardship and triumph through perseverance. — Michelle Cottle, New Republic, 14 Aug. 2000 … he had no-nonsense coaches with hearts of gold who taught him discipline; he learned perseverance from a father who sent him back out to fight after he took a licking … — Jack McCallum, Sports Illustrated, 14 Dec. 1998 His perseverance was rewarded: after many rejections, he finally found a job. Perseverance is required to perfect just about any skill.
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During Def Leppard’s induction, Rick Allen was moved to tears by the audience’s standing ovation when singer Joe Elliott recalled the drummer’s perseverance following a 1985 accident that cost him an arm. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Jackson, Nicks enter hall with encouragement for women," 31 Mar. 2019 That tells me something about his personal qualifies of perseverance, of striving forward, of never giving up. Don Markus,, "In an emotional news conference, Damon Evans introduced as Maryland's new athletic director," 26 June 2018 Nominations are evaluated based on five attributes: leadership, attitude, perseverance, student and parent relationships, and technical skills. Houston Chronicle, "Liberty bus driver named ‘Driver of the Year’ by PCAT," 23 Apr. 2018 True investing takes time, patience and perseverance. Resale value. Mark Daly, idahostatesman, "Constructing your financial house takes as much care as building your dream home," 20 June 2018 Guru Milestones 2014: Launched 2017: Acquired Elevated Careers from eHarmony 2018: Raised $2 million in investment since inception Keys to success Patience and perseverance. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "This e-Harmony match was ideal -- even without the romance | Miami Herald," 25 Mar. 2018 Having a transgender girl up there who works just as hard to maintain her mind and body, but also heart, soul, spirit, life, transition, perseverance, and will to survive? Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Potential Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Plus-Size, Transgender, and Disabled Models Speak Out," 8 Nov. 2018 His rise through the ranks has been one of passion and perseverance, friends and family. Mike Bianchi,, "Danica Patrick Indy 500 farewell may be coming-out party for Spencer Pigot, her Orlando teammate," 26 May 2018 Her perseverance forced the local, state, and federal governments to act. Sarah Hurtes, Harper's BAZAAR, "Women Who Risk Everything to Defend the Environment," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of perseverance

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perseverance

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English Language Learners Definition of perseverance

: the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult


per·​se·​ver·​ance | \ ˌpər-sə-ˈvir-əns How to pronounce perseverance (audio) \

Kids Definition of perseverance

: the act or power of continuing to do something in spite of difficulties

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