1. strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fortitude \For"ti*tude\, n. [L. fortitudo, fr. fortis strong.
1. Power to resist attack; strength; firmness. [Obs.]
The fortitude of the place is best known to you.
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
Extolling patience as the truest fortitude.
Fortitude is the guard and support of the other
Syn: Courage; resolution; resoluteness; endurance; bravery.
See Courage, and Heroism.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
110 Moby Thesaurus words for "fortitude":
acceptance, backbone, boldness, bottom, bravery, bulldog courage,
cardinal virtues, charity, constancy, courage, courageousness,
dauntlessness, decisiveness, determination, endurance, energy,
faith, fearlessness, fixity of purpose, forbearance, forbearing,
forbearingness, force, gameness, gaminess, grit, grittiness, guts,
gutsiness, hardihood, hardiness, heartiness, hope, indulgence,
intestinal fortitude, intrepidity, iron will, justice, lenience,
leniency, long-sufferance, long-suffering, longanimity, love,
lustihood, lustiness, mettle, mettlesomeness, might, mightiness,
moral courage, moral fiber, natural virtues, nerve, nerviness,
obstinacy, patience, patience of Job, patientness, perseverance,
pertinaciousness, pertinacity, pith, pluckiness, potency, power,
powerfulness, prudence, resoluteness, resolution, robustness,
ruggedness, sand, self-control, spirit, spunk, spunkiness,
stalwartness, stamina, staying power, stick-to-itiveness,
sticking power, stoicism, stoutness, strength, strength of mind,
strength of purpose, strength of will, sturdiness, sufferance,
supernatural virtues, sweet reasonableness, temperance,
tenaciousness, tenacity, theological virtues, tolerance,
toleration, toughness, valiancy, valor, valorousness, vigor,
vigorousness, vitality, waiting game, waiting it out, will,
will of iron, will power