Definition of tenacity
: the quality or state of being tenacious
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
Recent Examples of tenacity from the Web
News of Senator John McCain‘s brain cancer diagnosis on Wednesday shocked many who admire his tenacity and strength.
Over the course of his four decades on earth, Coltrane lived and breathed to create jazz saturated with dissonance and arrhythmia and tenacity—raw jazz, powerful jazz, jazz hundreds of stories tall.
The Mississippi prospect has a similar frame, moves well like Clapp, uses great hand placement and shows the tenacity to get after it in the trenches.
Thankfully, the late Academy Award-winning filmmaker also had the talent, temerity and tenacity to succeed at what had to be the one of the most daunting tasks of his lengthy and storied career.
But Weber’s defensive tenacity makes him the perfect foil to starting point guard Kemba Walker.
Her greatness lies in her athleticism, her consistency, her tenacity and her longevity as an unparalleled champion.
But Harcus doesn't want to take the tenacity out of Sato.
Lott IMPACT Trophy, presented annual to Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year, with IMPACT standing for integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tenacity.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Synonym Discussion of tenacity
TENACITY Defined for Kids
Definition of tenacity for Students
: the quality or state of being persistent The dog held his bone with tenacity.
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up tenacity? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).