from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Strength of mind that allows one to endure pain or adversity with courage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Mental or emotional strength that enables courage in the face of adversity.
- n. Physical strength.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Power to resist attack; strength; firmness.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Strength; force; power to attack or to resist attack.
- n. Mental power of endurance; patient courage under affliction, privation, or temptation; firmness in confronting danger, hardship, or suffering.
- n. 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. Synonyms Endurance, etc. (see patience), resolution, resoluteness, nerve.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage
Middle English, from Latin fortitūdō, from fortis, strong; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French, from Latin fortitūdō ("bravery, strength"), from fortis ("brave, strong"). (Wiktionary)