Fortitude definition

fôrtĭ-to͝od, -tyo͝od
The strength to bear misfortune, pain, etc. calmly and patiently; firm courage.
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Strength of mind that allows one to endure pain or adversity with courage.
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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.

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(archaic) Physical strength.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
fortitude
Plural:
fortitudes

Origin of fortitude

  • Middle English from Latin fortitūdō from fortis strong bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French, from Latin fortitūdō (“bravery, strength”), from fortis (“brave, strong”).

    From Wiktionary