Perseverance

Per`se*ver"ance

(?), n. [F. persvrance, L. perseverantia.] 1. The act of persevering; persistence in anything undertaken; continued pursuit or prosecution of any business, or enterprise begun. "The king-becoming graces . . . perseverance, mercy, lowliness." Shak.
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Whose constant perseverance overcame
Whate'er his cruel malice could invent.
Milton.
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2. Discrimination. [Obs.] Sir J. Harrington.
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3. (Theol.) Continuance in a state of grace until it is succeeded by a state of glory; sometimes called final perseverance, and the perseverance of the saints. See Calvinism.
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Syn. -- Persistence; steadfastness; constancy; steadiness; pertinacity.
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