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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Recent Examples on the Web The experience convinced him that, with perseverance, almost anything was possible. New York Times, "Was the College Football Season Worth It?," 30 Dec. 2020 D’Eri said that perseverance is a quality that has made a huge difference in getting things done, despite the health crisis. Scott Luxor,, "Employing autistic staff, Rising Tide Car Wash plans third location," 30 Dec. 2020 But the player's journey from the pits to the peaks this season has become a lesson in perseverance for the whole defense. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "Gophers linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin keeping his job simple," 18 Dec. 2020 Their decade-long tenacity -- a perseverance matched only by that of their longtime council representative Tennell Atkins -- finally paid off with the opening last week of a state-of-the-art rec center. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Take a look at the $20 million rec center Oak Cliff residents always deserved but had to fight a decade to get," 15 Dec. 2020 Over the years representing him, Kaleck says Snowden’s perseverance has only made his case stronger. Nate Berg, The New Republic, "The Man Who Wants to Take Down Bashar Al Assad," 14 Dec. 2020 This game encourages spatial reasoning and problem-solving skills while fostering perseverance. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Ten Best STEM Toys to Give as Gifts in 2020," 27 Nov. 2020 Black cowboys epitomized perseverance, many of them having learned their cowhandling skills on the plantations where they were previously enslaved. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "Black cowboys inspired legends in the South. Why are they portrayed as overwhelmingly white?," 24 Nov. 2020 Try to find six consecutive integers that sum to 342, and some perseverance will lead to a better understanding of parity. Quanta Magazine, "Some Math Problems Seem Impossible. That Can Be a Good Thing.," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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7 Jan 2021

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“Perseverance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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