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  Fortitude (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.

Synonyms -- Courage; resolution; resoluteness; endurance; bravery. See Courage, and Heroism.

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