For"ti*tude (?), n. [L. fortitudo, fr. fortis strong. See Fort.]


Power to resist attack; strength; firmness.


The fortitude of the place is best known to you. Shak.


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.


© Webster 1913.