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
The unit's tenacity, coupled with stellar goaltending by sophomore Liam Rosenthal (11 saves), helped East build an 8-4 edge with 8 minutes, 31 seconds left.
Her integrity, curiosity about the unknown and tenacity set her apart from many other journalists of her time and ultimately saved her life.
The military-grade Mack Though Mack trucks are as American as apple pie, the company has been supporting the US military since World War I when their AC trucks were dubbed Bulldogs for their tenacity on European battlefields.
The crisis in Marawi, home to some 200,000 people, has grown increasingly dire as the militants show unexpected tenacity, fending off a military that has unleashed attack helicopters, armored vehicles and scores of soldiers.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin in a series of five tweets praised Bunning's sense of humor and tenacity.
But luckily, with Ansari’s tenacity and support, the two knocked it out in a matter of days.
Estefan shares of her long journey to fame with her husband’s support and tenacity.
Williams’ success has more behind it than tenacity and talent, however.
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Origin and Etymology of tenacity
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of tenacity
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Definition of tenacity for Students
: the quality or state of being persistent The dog held his bone with tenacity.
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