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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.

3. 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.

Synonym: persistence, steadfastness, constancy, steadiness, pertinacity.

Origin: F. Perseverance, L. Perseverantia.