Fortitude refers to strength in the face of adversity or difficulty. Eating fried worms might require a lot of intestinal fortitude.

  • Pronunciation: / 'fɔːtɪtjuːd/
  • English Description: a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear
  • Chinese Translation: 勇气(yong3 qi4)
  • Spanish Translation: la fortaleza
  • STORY: When someone has fortitude it means that they have emotional power or reserves and the ability to withstand adversity. People who have fortitude are described in an admiring way for their courage and this word comes from the Latin word fortitudo, meaning "strength." Jacueline Bisset, someone who knows about beauty, said, "Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful."


  • Fighting this scam if you get hit takes fortitude, because you’ll find that the insurers, hospitals and doctors are all blaming each other.
  • When commercial pressure comes from outside, an institutional duty to say no requires exceptional fortitude, unusual cleverness or both.

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