tenacity

noun te·nac·i·ty \ tə-ˈna-sə-tē \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of tenacity

:the quality or state of being tenacious

Examples of tenacity in a Sentence

  1. 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 RodenbeckNew York Book Review30 Nov. 2006
  2. … everything about a person, even the most blameless of facts, can have the sticky tenacity of a secret. —Anthony LaneNew Yorker12 Aug. 2002
  3. A tribute to tenacity, the free ascent of Trango Tower was the fulfillment of a cowboy climber's dream. —Todd SkinnerNational GeographicApril 1996

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Origin and Etymology of tenacity

Synonym Discussion of tenacity

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

TENACITY Defined for Kids

tenacity

noun te·nac·i·ty \ tə-ˈna-sə-tē \

Definition of tenacity for Students

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


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