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perseverance

[pur-suh-veer-uh ns] /ˌpɜr səˈvɪər əns/
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
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English perseveraunce < Middle French perseverance < Latin persevērantia. See persevere, -ance
Related forms
perseverant, adjective
nonperseverance, noun
nonperseverant, adjective
Synonyms
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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British Dictionary definitions for perseverance

perseverance

/ˌpɜːsɪˈvɪərəns/
noun
1.
continued steady belief or efforts, withstanding discouragement or difficulty; persistence
2.
(Christianity) persistence in remaining in a state of grace until death
Derived Forms
perseverant, adjective
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Word Origin and History for perseverance
n.

mid-14c., from Old French perseverance "persistence, endurance" (12c., Modern French persévérance) and directly from Latin perseverantia "steadfastness, constancy," from perseverantem (nominative perseverans), from perseverare (see persevere).

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