for·ti·tude /ˈfɔrtəˌtud, ˌtjud/
1. Power to resist attack; strength; firmness. [Obs.]
The fortitude of the place is best known to you. --Shak.
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 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.
n : strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with