per·​se·​ver·​ance | \ˌpər-sə-ˈvir-ən(t)s \

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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Fans responded to her remarkable performance on social media, praising Simone for her perseverance. Jessica Taylor Price, Teen Vogue, "Simone Biles Competes at World Championships Despite Kidney Stone Pain," 28 Oct. 2018 Our communities are defined not by walls and immigration statuses, but by the core values of dignity, perseverance, and unbreakable family bonds. Alexandra Robbins, Marie Claire, "The Welcome Committee," 15 Aug. 2018 But ultimately First Man is about sacrifice and perseverance. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "What "First Man" Gets Right About the Apollo Moon Landing," 11 Oct. 2018 She will always be fondly remembered for her perseverance and determination with a 'never give up' attitude. Hartford Courant,, "Ann Kelly," 14 July 2018 More than that, you're invited to keep going, to wear their perseverance and defiant instincts for survival as your own. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Extreme Meatpunks Forever," 11 July 2018 Your perseverance inspires me every single day to keep pressing forward. Mitch Grassi, Billboard, "Superfruit: Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community," 19 June 2018 In addition to tracing the sweep of recovery and perseverance, Coming to My Senses digs into the psychological underpinnings of why athletes push themselves to physical extremes. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "The Newest Adventure Movies You Can Watch Right Now," 12 July 2018 In terms of her tennis, Williams has displayed perseverance on court as she was stretched to three sets in both matches. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "Venus Williams could have plenty to say about who wins Wimbledon," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of perseverance

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of perseverance

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

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