firmness


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firmness

noun adherence, assurance, backbone, callosity, certainty, compactness, confidence, constancy, courage, determination, durability, endurance, fixedness, force, fortitude, hardness, high morale, immutability, inflexibility, intransigence, intrepidity, obstinacy, pertinacity, prowess, purpose, reliability, renitence, resoluteness, resolution, resolve, rigidity, rigor, security, solidity, soundness, spirit, stability, stanchness, staunchness, steadfastness, steadiness, stiffness, stoutness of heart, strength, substantiality, surety, temper, tenacity, toughness, unyieldingness
Foreign phrases: Firmior et potentior, est operatio, legis quam dispositio hominis.The operation of law is firmer and more powerful than the will of man.
See also: adherence, adhesion, certainty, constant, decision, force, inertia, loyalty, prowess, purpose, resolution, rigor, spirit, strength, surety, tenacity
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His gentle, wandering brown eyes would have looked to better advantage in a woman's face -- they wanted spirit and firmness to fit them for the face of a man.
He was now a very energetic man indeed, with great firmness of purpose, strength of resolution, and vigour of action.
cried my mother,'and it's very well for you to talk about firmness, but you wouldn't like it yourself.
Places of honour had been kept for the Miss Lammeters near the head of the principal tea-table in the wainscoted parlour, now looking fresh and pleasant with handsome branches of holly, yew, and laurel, from the abundant growths of the old garden; and Nancy felt an inward flutter, that no firmness of purpose could prevent, when she saw Mr.
ADAM, earths hallowd mould, Of God inspir'd, small store will serve, where store, All seasons, ripe for use hangs on the stalk; Save what by frugal storing firmness gains To nourish, and superfluous moist consumes: But I will haste and from each bough and break, Each Plant & juciest Gourd will pluck such choice To entertain our Angel guest, as hee Beholding shall confess that here on Earth God hath dispenst his bounties as in Heav'n.
I was struck with a profound veneration at the sight of Brutus, and could easily discover the most consummate virtue, the greatest intrepidity and firmness of mind, the truest love of his country, and general benevolence for mankind, in every lineament of his countenance.
Many were converted after the battle, and when they had embraced the Catholic faith, adhered to that with the same constancy and firmness with which they had before persisted in their errors.
With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations.
On the other hand, it will be equally forgotten that the vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty; that, in the contemplation of a sound and well-informed judgment, their interest can never be separated; and that a dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidden appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government.
The reason of man, like man himself, is timid and cautious when left alone, and acquires firmness and confidence in proportion to the number with which it is associated.
And yet when Utterson remarked on his ill-looks, it was with an air of great firmness that Lanyon declared himself a doomed man.
The sincerity, rectitude, firmness, and sweetness of this soft glance of a noble woman, who could dare all to save him to whom she owed all, at first astonished, then penetrated him.