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 story is a reminder to Allwang of perseverance in the face of difficult odds; there will always be more starfish to pick up, like there will always be more children who need help. Fernando Alfonso Iii, CNN, "The pandemic is causing an exponential rise in the online exploitation of children, experts say," 25 May 2020 But for Roddy, the 2020 season should have been a story of retribution and perseverance after coming off a serious injury. Shelby Dermer,, "'I sat in the dugout and cried': Oak Hills' pitcher Kayla Roddy denied of comeback season," 13 May 2020 Rodriguez explained to her and others that there are no shortcuts, and no greater quality than perseverance. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: My students earned the cap and gown, but they’ll miss out on the day they dreamed about for years," 25 Apr. 2020 But Wake Up on Mars is nonetheless a vivid, compassionate depiction of perseverance in unimaginable circumstances. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Wake Up on Mars': Film Review | Tribeca 2020," 17 Apr. 2020 This 400th anniversary affirms the strength, perseverance and the faith of people of African descent. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "How Phoenix marked the 400th anniversary of slavery in America," 22 Aug. 2019 Her strength and perseverance during and after that experience was an inspiration to all who knew her., "Melinda S. Walsh," 17 Aug. 2019 My new friends took me on a journey through which I was reminded of the beauty of my birthplace, as well as the tremendous resilience, strength, and perseverance of my people. Mai Pham, Orange County Register, "First Person: A Vietnamese American writer finds her identity," 6 June 2019 The stage also serves as a reminder for Jackson of her strength and perseverance. Ray Boyd,, "Black History Month: Patty Jackson on a South Philly girl's journey to radio legend," 28 Feb. 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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3 Jun 2020

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“Perseverance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of perseverance

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

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