Definition of certitude in English:


Line breaks: cer¦ti|tude
Pronunciation: /ˈsəːtɪtjuːd


[mass noun]
  • 1Absolute certainty or conviction that something is the case: the question may never be answered with certitude
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    • When one sees the words ‘Government Superannuation Fund’ one has a sense of some certitude, some certainty, but there is none.
    • They were given with absolute certitude, a staccato recitation of poll numbers, grand strategy, and historical analogies.
    • The stories are awful and fascinating, yet it recreates the utter human chaos with character economy, tact and absolute certitude.
  • 1.1 [count noun] Something that someone firmly believes is true: the collapse of the old political certitudes in eastern Europe
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    • I cherished the symbols of dominion so soon to be objects of ridicule or subjects of parody - the plonk of the cricket ball, the stamp of the sentry's boot, the hymns and the silly rituals that spoke of old certitudes.
    • Whether we celebrate or bemoan the loss of the old Catholic certitudes, we need at least to be alert to what values may fill the space left by them.
    • The editors explore some of the significant Cold War events and issues that scarred a generation of Australians and degraded the national political culture with simplistic certitudes.


late Middle English: from late Latin certitudo, from certus 'certain'.

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