1. The state or quality of being patient; the power of suffering with fortitude; uncomplaining endurance of evils or wrongs, as toil, pain, poverty, insult, oppression, calamity, etc. Strenthened with all might, . . . Unto all patience and long-suffering. (col. I. 11) I must have patience to endure the load. (Shak) Who hath learned lowliness From his Lord's cradle, patience from his cross. (Keble)
4. Sufferance; permission. They stay upon your patience. (Shak)
Synonym: Patience, Resignation.
Patience implies the quietness or self-possession of one's own spirit under sufferings, provocations, etc.; resignation implies submission to the will of another. The stoic may have patience; the Christian should have both patience and resignation.
Origin: F. Patience, fr. L. Patientia. See Patient.