- A state or quality of lasting or duration; lastingness; continuance."Slurring with an evasive answer the question concerning the endurance of his own possession." [Sir W. Scott.]
- The act of bearing or suffering; a continuing under pain or distress without resistance, or without being overcome; sufferance; patience."Their fortitude was most admirable in their patience and endurance of all evils, of pain and of death." [Sir W. Temple.]synonyms: Suffering; patience; fortitude; resignation.
Etymology: Cf. OF. endurance. See Endure