One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she tried everyone's patience to the limit’
forbearance, tolerance, restraint, self-restraint, resignation, stoicism, fortitude, sufferance, endurance
calmness, composure, even temper, even-temperedness, equanimity, equilibrium, serenity, tranquillity, imperturbability, unexcitability, understanding, indulgence, lenience, kindness, consideration
rare longanimity, inexcitability
2‘a task requiring patience’
perseverance, persistence, endurance, tenacity, diligence, assiduity, application, staying power, indefatigability, doggedness, determination, resolve, resolution, resoluteness, obstinacy, insistence, singleness of purpose, purposefulness, pertinacity
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