- The definition of fortitude is having strong will in the face of danger or pain.
An athlete who continues a race in spite of an injury is an example of fortitude.
Origin: Middle English ; from Classical Latin fortitudo ; from fortis, strong: see fort
- fortitudinous adjective
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Origin: Middle English, from Latin fortitūdō, from fortis, strong; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.
- forˌti·tuˈdi·nous adjective