Per`se*ver"ance (?), n. [F. pers'ev'erance, L. perseverantia.]
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.
Sir J. Harrington.
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.
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