For"ti*tude(?), n. [L. fortitudo, fr. fortis strong. See Fort.] 1. Power to resist attack; strength; firmness. [Obs.]
The fortitude of the place is best known to you.Shak.
2. 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.
Extolling patience as the truest fortitude.Milton.
Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.Locke.
Syn. -- Courage; resolution; resoluteness; endurance; bravery. See Courage, and Heroism.
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