• WordNet 3.6
    • n perseverance the act of persisting or persevering; continuing or repeating behavior "his perseveration continued to the point where it was no longer appropriate"
    • n perseverance persistent determination
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: This is what the red, white, and blue on the US flag represent: The Continental Congress left no record to show why it chose the colors. However, in 1782, the Congress of the Confederation chose these same colors for the Great Seal of the United States and listed their meaning as follows: white to mean purity and innocence, red for valor and hardiness, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. According to legend, George Washington interpreted the elements of the flag this way: the stars were taken from the sky, the red from the British colors, and the white stripes signified the secession from the home country. However, there is no official designation or meaning for the colors of the flag.
    • Perseverance (Theol) Continuance in a state of grace until it is succeeded by a state of glory; sometimes called final perseverance, and the perseverance of the saints. See Calvinism.
    • Perseverance Discrimination. "Well spoken, with good accent and good discretion ."
    • Perseverance The act of persevering; persistence in anything undertaken; continued pursuit or prosecution of any business, or enterprise begun. "The king-becoming graces . . . perseverance , mercy, lowliness.""Whose constant perseverance overcame
      Whate'er his cruel malice could invent."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n perseverance The act or habit of persevering; persistence in anything undertaken; continued pursuit or prosecution of any business or enterprise begun; steady persistency in any state or course of action: applied alike to good and evil.
    • n perseverance In theology, continuance in a state of grace, leading finally to a state of glory: sometimes called final perseverance. See perseverance of the saints, below.
    • n perseverance See perceiverance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Perseverance act or state of persevering: continued application to anything which one has begun: a going on till success is met with
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  • Francis Quarles
    “The road to perseverance lies by doubt.”
  • George Eliot
    “Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.”
  • George Allen
    George Allen
    “Persevere and get it done.”
  • Julie Andrews
    Julie Andrews
    “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. persévérance, L. perseverantia,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. perseverāreperseverus, very strict—per, very, severus, strict.


In literature:

Let not sinners persevere in their obstinacy.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
Nearly all the little children in Perseverance went barefooted in summer.
"Little Grandmother" by Sophie May
Then he remembered what Gregory had said to him, and how he had encouraged Gregory to persevere.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Another case required much greater perseverance.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
All this for some days carried him hither and thither, if not with patience, at any rate with perseverance.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
This fortnight will test his perseverance about the violin.
"A Christmas Posy" by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
Repelled, repulsed, I persevere; Often quotidian through a year.
"Fables of John Gay" by John Gay
Have courage and persevere.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
Notwithstanding these grievous discouragements, William resolved to persevere.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
In perseverance and success of that kind the man's mind should admit of no doubt.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

Oft did the battle seem severe,
Sometimes defeat seemed nigh,
But pride and love must persevere
When all our powers we try.
"My Room In Boyhood's Days" by Jared Barhite
Owt 'at's worth a body's winnin
Mun be toiled for long an hard;
An tho' th' struggle may be pinnin,
Perseverance wins reward.
"Take Heart!" by John Hartley
If we think awr lot is hard,
Nivver let us mak a fuss;
Lukkin raand, at ivvery yard,
We'st find others war nor us;
We have still noa cause to fear!
Let's ha faith, an persevere.
"Persevere" by John Hartley
But as on throo life we hurry,
By whativver path we rooam,
Let us ne'er forget i'th' worry,
True reform begins at hooam:
Then, to prove yorsens sincere,
Start at once; an persevere.
"Persevere" by John Hartley
A faint heart, aw've heeard 'em say,
Nivver won a lady fair:
Have a will! yo'll find a way!
Honest men ne'er need despair.
Better days are drawin near:--
Then ha faith, an persevere.
"Persevere" by John Hartley
Yet, for I threaten'd oft the siege to raise,
Not simpring all mine age,
Thou often didst with academick praise
Melt and dissolve my rage.
I took thy sweetned pill, till I came neare;
I could not go away, nor persevere.
"Affliction (I)" by George Herbert

In news:

The principles and perseverance he learned from humble beginnings in Lucasville have simply always been his guide.
When we first discovered Heather over at with a Side of Sneakers, one word popped into our mind: perseverance.
Timothy Banks can tell you about perseverance.
1 items are tagged with perseverance.
A friend of mine in Civil Affairs in Iraq passes along this message from an Iraqi he knows who wants the United States to persevere and succeed in his country.
The only thing to do is persevere .
Perseverance isn't for sissies.
American politician Newt Gingrich once said: " Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.".
Perseverance is resolve, determination and tenacity.
Kings' Cup filled with perseverance .
24 Perseverance : Praying the Distance (Package of 10).
Def Leppard's Rick Allen: Perseverance .
Perseverance is reporter's mantra.
Perseverance and optimism separate Buck from the herd.
Chuck Koplinski / Perseverance and optimism separate Buck from the herd.

In science:

But the two groups did not differ much in attention, initiation/perseverance, construction and conceptualization subscales.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
It is a tribute to Berndt’s talents and perseverance that he has completed this rather terrifying pro ject.
And free lunch for all...
So the precise study of the top quark will persevere as the Tevatron is continuing to deliver collision data.
Top Quark Physics at the Tevatron
In their epochal experimental researches these individuals have demonstrated originality, perseverance (i.e., stubbornness), and enormous achievement.
Summary Talk: International Symposium on Neutrino Astrophysics, Takayama/Kamioka (10/'92)
Indeed, recognizing that he could not possibly have known about these flaws in his results permits us to admire him all the more for his dedication and perseverance in pursuing these measurements.
An Explanation of Dayton Miller's Anomalous "Ether Drift" Result