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endurance

[en-doo r-uh ns, -dyoo r-] /ɛnˈdʊər əns, -ˈdyʊər-/
noun
1.
the fact or power of enduring or bearing pain, hardships, etc.
2.
the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions; stamina:
He has amazing physical endurance.
3.
lasting quality; duration:
His friendships have little endurance.
4.
something endured, as a hardship; trial.
Origin
1485-1495
1485-95; endure + -ance
Synonyms
1. See patience.
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Examples for endurance
  • Her white blood was strong in her and she had grit and endurance and a vital courage.
  • Flagpole sitting was simply endurance, its only prerequisite an endless capacity for standing there.
  • Test his physical endurance through hardship and privation, his will to live through isolation.
  • Running long distances gives me the power of endurance.
  • All bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.
  • Life is an endurance race.
  • It is an event full of incredible human achievement and endurance.
  • It is my opinion that nothing seasons the mind for endurance like hard work.
  • I'm an endurance athlete.
  • Mountain climbing meets all the requirements for spellbinding adventure with its danger and its threats to endurance and survival.
British Dictionary definitions for endurance

endurance

/ɪnˈdjʊərəns/
noun
1.
the capacity, state, or an instance of enduring
2.
something endured; a hardship, strain, or privation
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Word Origin and History for endurance
endurance
late 15c., "continued existence in time," from endure + -ance. Meaning "ability to endure suffering, etc." is from 1660s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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