Definition of fortitude in US English:



  • Courage in pain or adversity.

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