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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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 The journey to becoming truly integrated has forced them to call upon reserves of hope, moral courage, and perseverance. Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, The Christian Science Monitor, "More than 'beautiful words': How one school fights to keep racial equity," 23 May 2018 Critics of state tests call them flawed measures that don’t gauge perseverance, creativity and other strengths. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Stuyvesant, Other Elite New York Public High Schools Could Admit Students Who Didn’t Pass State Tests," 18 Oct. 2018 Or are the critics right that Congress’s dynastic system of succession—the Nehru-Gandhi family has dominated the party for seven decades—has thrown up a dud, who simply lacks the perseverance and political skills to claim power? Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "India’s Rahul Gandhi Faces an Electoral Test," 15 Nov. 2018 So this is a record about perseverance through trauma and also about survival, because many people think of the Black Death as having been a total annihilation of mankind. Richard Bienstock, Billboard, "Ghost's Cardinal Copia On How the Plague and Bands Like Jefferson Starship Inspired New Album," 15 June 2018 His and his mother's story of endurance and perseverance, published in the Tuesday edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, has gone viral and captivated the attention of tens of thousands of readers. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Cowboys player with inspiring story is released," 30 May 2018 That advice about perseverance came from personal experience. Marvin Pave,, "Bill Foley, 80, amateur golf champion and Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund official," 12 May 2018 Ahead of the special day, the eight notable women share a few thoughts about perseverance and offer advice for young professionals. Sheila Vilvens,, "The 2018 YWCA Career Women of Achievement talk about perseverance, offer advice," 16 Apr. 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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