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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The perseverance to this stage has been impressive. Ira Winderman,, "Who is Kendrick Nunn? Nothing short of the Heat’s latest summer revelation," 12 July 2019 The importance of perseverance is an old sports cliché. The Christian Science Monitor, "50 years on, why the moon landing still inspires," 5 July 2019 But protesters have also lionized the dead as martyrs, filling candlelight memorials with origami cranes, white flowers and messages of perseverance. Alice Su,, "Protesters march as Hong Kong marks its 1997 handover from British to Chinese rule," 30 June 2019 Lehner won the Masterton Trophy as the player exemplifying the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Greg Beacham, The Denver Post, "Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov wins Hart, Lindsay at NHL Awards," 20 June 2019 His success wasn’t simply a matter of perseverance, Bennack writes. Rex Smith,, "Former Hearst CEO, a San Antonio icon, offers pointers on life and business," 18 June 2019 His success wasn’t simply a matter of perseverance, Bennack writes. Rex Smith, Houston Chronicle, "Former Hearst CEO, a South Texas icon, offers pointers on life and business," 18 June 2019 Jared Liebelt’s story of perseverance is one from which young athletes — struggling, successful and everywhere in between — could learn. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Armstrong: West Aurora grad Jared Liebelt doesn't buckle, helps Mississippi State reach College World Series," 11 June 2019 Manzanares’ perseverance was sorely tested by the effects of perthes disease, which caused a disruption of blood flow and deterioration in his hip that left him bone-on-bone. John Meyer, The Denver Post, "Playing through the pain: a First Tee success story," 10 June 2019

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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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