1. The act of persevering; persistence in anything undertaken; continued pursuit or prosecution of any business, or enterprise begun. “The king-becoming graces . . . perseverance, mercy, lowliness.”
Whose constant perseverance overcame
Whate'er his cruel malice could invent. --Milton.
2. Discrimination. [Obs.]
3. Theol. Continuance in a state of grace until it is succeeded by a state of glory; sometimes called final perseverance, and the perseverance of the saints. See Calvinism.
Syn: -- Persistence; steadfastness; constancy; steadiness; pertinacity.
n 1: persistent determination [syn: doggedness, persistence,
persistency, tenacity, tenaciousness, pertinacity]
2: the act of persisting or persevering; continuing or
repeating behavior; "his perseveration continued to the
point where it was no longer appropriate" [syn: persistence,