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.
Whose constant perseverance overcameMilton.
Whate'er his cruel malice could invent.
Sir J. Harrington.
(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.
Syn. -- Persistence; steadfastness; constancy; steadiness; pertinacity.
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