tenacity

noun
te·nac·i·ty | \tə-ˈna-sə-tē \

Definition of tenacity 

: the quality or state of being tenacious

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courage, mettle, spirit, resolution, tenacity mean mental or moral strength to resist opposition, danger, or hardship. courage implies firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty. the courage to support unpopular causes mettle suggests an ingrained capacity for meeting strain or difficulty with fortitude and resilience. a challenge that will test your mettle spirit also suggests a quality of temperament enabling one to hold one's own or keep up one's morale when opposed or threatened. her spirit was unbroken by failure resolution stresses firm determination to achieve one's ends. the resolution of pioneer women tenacity adds to resolution implications of stubborn persistence and unwillingness to admit defeat. held to their beliefs with great tenacity

Examples of tenacity in a Sentence

If there is a particular tenacity in Islamist forms of terrorism today, this is a product not of Islamic scripture but of the current historical circumstance that many Muslims live in places of intense political conflict. — Max Rodenbeck, New York Book Review, 30 Nov. 2006 … everything about a person, even the most blameless of facts, can have the sticky tenacity of a secret. — Anthony Lane, New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2002 A tribute to tenacity, the free ascent of Trango Tower was the fulfillment of a cowboy climber's dream. — Todd Skinner, National Geographic, April 1996
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It just was signed into law thanks to the persistence of a Delco mom and the tenacity of columnist Ronnie Polaneczky pushing readers to push lawmakers. John Baer, Philly.com, "Take a moment, America | John Baer," 3 July 2018 The World Cup knockout rounds so far have given fans the electricity of France against Argentina, the audacity of Uruguay over Portugal and the tenacity of Russia versus Spain. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The World Cup’s Most Neutral Matchup," 2 July 2018 The team says the young actor got good at it quickly, writing out questions to grill his peers and pursuing his own theories with the tenacity of a young journalist trying to prove himself. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "How American Vandal expertly crafted a doc (that just happened to be fiction)," 23 June 2018 The story of how the twins died and were being reunited reflects the daily courage of troops on a mission to save the world from the Nazis and the tenacity of today’s military to ensure that no soldier goes unaccounted for. Washington Post, "Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy," 20 June 2018 The story of how the twins died and were being reunited reflects the daily courage of troops on a mission to save the world from a Nazi conquest, and the tenacity of today's living to ensure that no soldier goes unaccounted for. Fox News, "Twin brothers to be reunited 74 years after dying together on D-Day," 19 June 2018 The story of how the twins died and were being reunited reflects the daily courage of troops on a mission to save the world from the Nazis and the tenacity of today's military to ensure that no soldier goes unaccounted for. Author: Mark D. Carlson, Virginia Mayo, Anchorage Daily News, "Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy," 19 June 2018 The Sharks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period, thanks again to the tenacity of their fourth line. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Goalie Martin Jones nearly impenetrable in Sharks’ sweep," 18 Apr. 2018 Shortly after Dwyer scored, the Lions doubled their advantage over the Union thanks to the tenacity of Chris Mueller. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City holds on for 2-0 road win over Philadelphia Union," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tenacity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tenacity

see tenacious

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tenacity

noun
te·nac·i·ty | \tə-ˈna-sə-tē \

Kids Definition of tenacity

: the quality or state of being persistent The dog held his bone with tenacity.

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