Perseverance Etymology

perseverance (n.)-steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

mid-14c., from Fr. persévérance (12c.), from L. perseverantia, from perseverantem, from perseverare

Much of the modern range of meanings was present in Old English. Meaning “property which distinguishes living from non-living matter” is from 1560s. Sense of “vitality, energy” is from 1580s. Extended 1703 to “term of duration (of inanimate objects).”

 

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