per severance

perseverance

[pur-suh-veer-uhns]
noun
1.
steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
2.
Theology. continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English perseveraunce < Middle French perseverance < Latin persevērantia. See persevere, -ance

perseverant, adjective
nonperseverance, noun
nonperseverant, adjective


1. doggedness, steadfastness. Perseverance, persistence, tenacity, pertinacity imply resolute and unyielding holding on in following a course of action. Perseverance commonly suggests activity maintained in spite of difficulties or steadfast and long-continued application: Endurance and perseverance combined to win in the end. It is regularly used in a favorable sense. Persistence which may be used in either a favorable or an unfavorable sense, implies unremitting (and sometimes annoying) perseverance: persistence in a belief; persistence in talking when others wish to study. Tenacity with the original meaning of adhesiveness, as of glue, is a dogged and determined holding on. Whether used literally or figuratively it has favorable implications: a bulldog quality of tenacity; the tenacity of one's memory. Pertinacity unlike its related word, is used chiefly in an unfavorable sense, that of overinsistent tenacity: the pertinacity of the social climber.
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perseverance (ˌpɜːsɪˈvɪərəns)
 
n
1.  continued steady belief or efforts, withstanding discouragement or difficulty; persistence
2.  Christianity persistence in remaining in a state of grace until death
 
perse'verant
 
adj

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perseverance
mid-14c., from Fr. persévérance (12c.), from L. perseverantia, from perseverantem, from perseverare (see persevere).
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