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backbone

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of backbone

  1. 1 a column of bones supporting the trunk of a vertebrate animal found the backbone of a fish lying on the beach Synonyms of backbone spine, chine, spinal column, vertebral columnWords Related to backbone back, spinal cord, vertebra

  2. 2 the strength of mind that enables a person to endure pain or hardship it takes backbone to stand up to the kind of suffering that some cancer patients must endure Synonyms of backbone fortitude, constancy, fiber, grit, grittiness, guts, intestinal fortitude, pluck, spunkWords Related to backbone determination, purposefulness, resoluteness, resolution; bravery, courage, courageousness, daring, dauntlessness, doughtiness, fearlessness, gallantry, greatheartedness, intrepidity, intrepidness, nerve, stoutness, valor; endurance, forbearance, stamina, sufferance, tolerance; heart, mettle, spirit; audacity, boldness, brass, cheek, chutzpah (also chutzpa or hutzpah or hutzpa), effrontery, gall, hardihood, nerve, nerviness, temerityNear Antonyms of backbone indecisiveness, irresoluteness, irresolution, vacillation; cowardice, cowardliness, cravenness, dastardliness, faintheartedness, pusillanimity, timidity, timorousnessAntonyms of backbone spinelessness



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