fortitude

fortitude

FORTITUDE, subst. fém.
Littér. Force morale, fermeté d'âme. À Milan surtout presque tout le peuple témoigna une grande constance et beaucoup de fortitude (LAS CASES, Mémor. Ste-Hélène, t. 1, 1823, p. 539) :
Comment le malheur agit-il sur les hommes? Augmente-t-il la force de leur âme? La diminue-t-il? (...). S'il la diminue, pourquoi la reine de France déploya-t-elle tant de fortitude?
CHATEAUBR., Essai Révol., t. 2, 1797, p. 157.
Prononc. :[]. Étymol. et Hist. 1308 (Ystoire de li Normant, trad. Aimé, 207 [Bartholomaeis] ds QUEM. DDL t. 2) — Brantôme ds HUG.; 1797 (CHATEAUBR., loc. cit.). Empr. au lat. class. fortitudo « courage, bravoure ». Bbg. LEW. 1960, p. 182, 184.

fortitude [fɔʀtityd] n. f.
ÉTYM. 1308; lat. fortitudo, de fortis « fort ».
Vx ou archaïsme littér. Force d'âme.
0 La fortitude des uns et la lâcheté des autres. Nous vivons tout cela.
J. Green, Journal, Vers l'invisible, 30 mai 1966.

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