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fortitude Line breaks: for¦ti|tude
Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːtɪtjuːd/

Definition of fortitude in English:


[mass noun]
Courage in pain or adversity: she endured her illness with great fortitude
More example sentences
  • 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, strength of mind, strength of character, moral strength, toughness of spirit, firmness of purpose, strong-mindedness, resilience, backbone, spine, mettle, spirit, nerve, pluck, pluckiness, doughtiness, fearlessness, valour, intrepidity, stout-heartedness, endurance;
stoicism, steadfastness, patience, long-suffering, forbearance, tenacity, pertinacity, perseverance, resolve, resolution, resoluteness, determination;
British  Dunkirk spirit
informal guts, grit, spunk


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

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