Translation of patience in Spanish:

patience

Pronunciation: /ˈpeɪʃəns/

noun/nombre

uncountable/no numerable
  • 1 (quality) paciencia (feminine) to try sb's patience poner* a prueba la paciencia de algn I lost my patience perdí la paciencia my patience is wearing thin/is exhausted se me está acabando or agotando/se me ha acabado or agotado la paciencia I've no patience with people like that con gente así yo no tengo paciencia patience is a virtue la paciencia es la madre de la ciencia to have the patience of Job/a saint tener* más paciencia que el santo Job/que un santo
    More example sentences
    • In my experience foreigners have no patience with this sort of thinking.
    • I made a third phone call a few days later, but their patience with me was obviously running out.
    • He is a decent hitter, has great patience at the plate and is defensively solid.
  • 2 (cards) (British English/inglés británico) solitario (masculine) to play patience hacer* solitarios a game of patience un solitario
    More example sentences
    • One sister has already nabbed the food and cards, and is sitting playing patience.

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.