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longanimity (long-guh-NIM-i-tee) noun

Calmness in the face of suffering and adversity; forbearance.

[Middle English longanimite, from Old French, from Late Latin longanimitas, from longanimis, patient : Latin longus, long + Latin animus, mind, reason.]

"In line with the integrity of a true warrior, he faced the imposition of this terrible condition with dignity and longanimity ...." Obituaries / Paid Death Notices, Newsday, 2 Apr 1999.

longanimity, n. The disposition to endure injury with meek forbearance while maturing a plan of revenge. [From The Devil's Dictionary]

This week's theme: Words from The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce.


There is a point beyond which even justice becomes unjust. -Sophocles, Electra

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