- I(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)II(Roget's IV) n.Syn. firmness, courage, mettle, fearlessness, grit, backbone, determination, pluck, strength, stoicism, guts*; see also determination 2 , endurance 2 .Syn.- fortitude refers to the strength or courage that permits one to endure patiently misfortune, pain, etc. [ to face a calamity with fortitude] ; grit applies to an obstinate sort of courage that refuses to succumb under any circumstances; backbone refers to the strength of character and resoluteness that permits one to face opposition unflinchingly; pluck , like guts referred originally to visceral organs, hence pluck implies courage or a strong heart in the face of danger or difficulty and guts , a colloquial word, suggests the sort of stamina that permits one to ""stomach'' a disagreeable or frightening experience See also Synonym Study at patience .III(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) n.[FORT uh tood]courage and strength in the face of adversity.Intestinal fortitude allowed him to press on, despite the death of his wife.SYN.: strength, courage, heart, grit, endurance, mettle, backbone, *guts, resoluteness, bravery, tenacity, pluck, hardiness, *stick-to-itiveness.ANT.: weakness, cowardice, spinelessness, mousinessIV(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun The quality of mind enabling one to face danger or hardship resolutely: braveness, bravery, courage, courageousness, dauntlessness, doughtiness, fearlessness, gallantry, gameness, heart, intrepidity, intrepidness, mettle, nerve, pluck, pluckiness, spirit, stoutheartedness, undauntedness, valiance, valiancy, valiantness, valor. Informal: spunk, spunkiness. Slang: gut (used in plural), gutsiness, moxie. See FEAR.
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