• WordNet 3.6
    • n fortitude strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The names of the two stone lions in front of the New York Public Library are Patience and Fortitude. They were named by then-mayor Fiorello LaGuardia
    • Fortitude Power to resist attack; strength; firmness. "The fortitude of the place is best known to you."
    • Fortitude That strength or firmness of mind which enables a person to encounter danger with coolness and courage, or to bear pain or adversity without murmuring, depression, or despondency; passive courage; resolute endurance; firmness in confronting or bearing up against danger or enduring trouble. "Extolling patience as the truest fortitude .""Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fortitude Strength; force; power to attack or to resist attack.
    • n fortitude Mental power of endurance; patient courage under affliction, privation, or temptation; firmness in confronting danger, hardship, or suffering.
    • n fortitude In astrology, any circumstance which strengthens the effect of a planet, or of the part of fortune; a dignity; especially, an accidental dignity, such as being in the ascendant, in the seventh, fourth, eleventh, second, fifth, ninth, or third house, being in hayz, having direct motion, having swift motion, being free from combustion, being in cazimi, etc.
    • n fortitude Synonyms Endurance, etc. (see patience), resolution, resoluteness, nerve.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fortitude for′ti-tūd mental power of endurance: firmness in meeting danger:
    • n Fortitude for′ti-tūd (obs.) strength, power of resistance or attack
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  • Nero Wolfe
    Nero Wolfe
    “Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.”
  • John Ruskin
    “Out of suffering comes the serious mind; out of salvation, the grateful heart; out of endurance, fortitude; out of deliverance faith.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    “There is but one philosophy and its name is fortitude! To bear is to conquer our fate.”
  • Sir Philip Sidney
    “Alexander received more bravery of mind by the pattern of Achilles, than by hearing the definition of fortitude.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. fortitudo, fr. fortis, strong. See Fort
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. fortitudofortis.


In literature:

He looked ill; but had such a manly fortitude, that he did not trouble the company with melancholy complaints.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 4 (of 6)" by Boswell
He exhibited a degree of self-possession and fortitude rarely surpassed.
"Thrilling Adventures by Land and Sea" by James O. Brayman
You make fortitude to consist in arrogance, in boldness, in a contempt of gods and men.
"The History of Rome; Books Nine to Twenty-Six" by Titus Livius
She exchanged a state of fortitude and alarm for her former pleasing dreams respecting Mr. Falkland.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
An Indian sarcasm vibrates through it, which, with Indian fortitude, defies the inevitable torture.
"Summer on the Lakes, in 1843" by S.M. Fuller
There are happily none to the fortitude of our bluejackets and trawlers.
"Mr. Punch's History of the Great War" by Punch
All his fortitude had forsaken him: he wept outright.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol. 53, No. 331, May, 1843" by Various
Such fortitude is commoner in our profession, I think, than in any other.
"The Story of My Life" by Ellen Terry
Ought we not, then, to put our virtue and fortitude to the severest test?
"George Washington, Vol. I" by Henry Cabot Lodge
He suffered torture, but it was a day at a time and he had great fortitude.
"A Backward Glance at Eighty" by Charles A. Murdock

In poetry:

That secret labour to sustain
With humble patience every blow,
To gather fortitude from pain
And hope and holiness from woe.
"Last Lines" by Anne Bronte
The gaunt sea-nettle be our fortitude,
Sturdily blowing where the clear wave sips;
O, be the glory of our men and ships
Rapturous, woe unheeding hardihood!
"The Seas of England" by Walter de la Mare
The thunder of his wheels is done, but he
Sustained by patience, fortitude, and grace--
A Christian Hero--from the struggle free--
Has won the Christian's race!
"Arms And The Man - The Dead Statesman" by James Barron Hope
And yet
My love is here, if I be far or nigh.
Is this the spirit of a soldier's wife?
Nay, fiery courage, iron fortitude,
That soul must own that dares to say, "I love."
"The Spagnoletto. Act IV" by Emma Lazarus
Vouchsafe, O Lord! to give me strength and grace,
Vouchsafe to give me fortitude, the while,
That I, with patience, my disease may face,
And, like a martyr, at its tortures smile!
"A Prayer For A Sick Person Before He Takes Physic" by Rees Prichard
Hushing every mutter'd murmur,
Tranquil Fortitude the firmer
Girdeth thee with strength;
While, no treason near her lurking,
Patience, in her perfect working,
Shall be Queen at length.
"Balm" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

The hotel industry was built through the ingenuity, fortitude and honesty of families — from Marriott to Tisch and Patel to Shah.
These 31 timeless tycoons have had the fortitude to stay on the list every single year.
These 31 tycoons have had the fortitude to stay on The Forbes 400 every single year since 1982.
Summon your fortitude, and just go.
Sound judgment and intestinal fortitude.
Smith says Mr Sprinkle 's fortitude still serves as an inspiration.
Unbreakable Lives Fate and Fortitude.
Mother's fortitude and area's tough lessons helped cornerback survive violence and thrive in NFL.
Only those with ample experience and fortitude need apply.
Investing in China's stock market requires intestinal fortitude, analysts say.
The finance director must be strong willed and have the fortitude to forge a path to financial stability without regard for the making everyone happy.
This implies that rich parents automatically instil moral fortitude.
We can't expect them to have the mental fortitude to continue working hard without motivation .
We also have the somewhat spoiled son of privilege facing the first real battle of his life—polio—and emerging with greatly enhanced fortitude and empathy.
Instead, it brought a rush of fortitude.