Definition of fortitude in US English:



  • Courage in pain or adversity.

    ‘she endured her illness with great fortitude’
    • ‘The people had to know another tale of courage and fortitude and love.’
    • ‘She met an illness some years ago in a brave fashion which marked her down as woman of courage and fortitude.’
    • ‘He died peacefully after an illness borne with great fortitude and resolve.’
    • ‘The fact that he is continuing with his work is certainly a testament to his spirit and to his fortitude.’
    • ‘Down the years she bore the injuries and scars of that tragic event with great fortitude and resolve.’
    • ‘He fought for a fair time, aware he had fortitude but neither real courage nor strength.’
    • ‘Publishing in research journals requires fortitude, resilience and persistence.’
    • ‘Face obstacles and difficulties at work and at home with courage and fortitude.’
    • ‘Her passing, after a long illness borne with true courage and fortitude, touched the hearts of all who knew her.’
    • ‘He didn't require miraculous surgery so much as mental fortitude and bottomless reserves of patience.’
    • ‘Yet the grouping must find the same internal fortitude to learn from adversity as it has done in the past.’
    • ‘But with amazing resilience and fortitude the man and his players bounced back.’
    • ‘This post is therefore a severe test of that resolution and fortitude.’
    • ‘Robyn had fought her illness so valiantly, amazing doctors and others with her fortitude over and over again.’
    • ‘He died peacefully after a short illness borne with characteristic courage and fortitude.’
    • ‘Perhaps being war babies had given them interminable patience, fortitude and resilience.’
    • ‘Past generations had much worse to deal with, but showed stoicism, forbearance and fortitude.’
    • ‘We're experts at turning a noble fiasco into a story about fortitude and stoicism.’
    • ‘These black periods must have been harrowing in the extreme, but were borne with great fortitude and courage.’
    • ‘Peter, who was aged 72, died following an illness borne with much 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
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Middle English: via French from Latin fortitudo, from fortis ‘strong’.