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fortitude Syllabification: for·ti·tude
Pronunciation: /ˈfôrdəˌt(y)o͞od/

Definition of fortitude in English:


Courage in pain or adversity: she endured her illness with great fortitude
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  • Peter, who was aged 72, died following an illness borne with much courage and fortitude.
  • Her passing, after a long illness borne with true courage and fortitude, touched the hearts of all who knew her.
  • He died peacefully after a short illness borne with characteristic courage and fortitude.
courage, bravery, endurance, resilience, mettle, moral fiber, strength of mind, strength of character, strong-mindedness, backbone, spirit, grit, true grit, doughtiness, steadfastness
informal guts


Middle English: via French from Latin fortitudo, from fortis 'strong'.

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