• Patience or tolerance in the face of adversity; forbearance, long-suffering.

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Example Sentences

“Longanimity can be as important a trait as creativity in a kindergarten teacher.”

“My father impressed me with his longanimity in the face of my 2-year-old’s temper tantrum.”

“I can’t imagine doing the same job day after day, but she kept at it with longanimity.”

Word Origin

Latin, 15th century

Why this word?

“Longanimity” is based on the Latin “longanimitās,” meaning “patient” or “forbearing.” Television loves characters that embody longanimity: Think of the infinitely patient Leslie Higgins on “Ted Lasso,” the adorably unflappable Jerry Gergich on “Parks and Recreation,” or the maniacally uncomplaining Ned Flanders on “The Simpsons.” Over-the-top comedic characters contrasted with long-suffering personalities that radiate longanimity make for hilarious counterpoints and plotlines.

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