Perseverance is not giving up. It is persistence and tenacity, the effort required to do something and keep doing it till the end, even if it's hard.

Perseverance originally comes from the Latin perseverantia and means to abide by something strictly. This makes sense, because if you're doing something in spite of all the difficulty, you're being strict on yourself. Sailing around the world and climbing Mt. Everest are acts requiring perseverance. Even things like learning a new language require perseverance and daily practice.

Definitions of perseverance

n the act of persisting or persevering; continuing or repeating behavior

perseveration, persistence
Type of:
continuance, continuation
the act of continuing an activity without interruption

n persistent determination

doggedness, persistence, persistency, pertinacity, tenaciousness, tenacity
Type of:
determination, purpose
the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose

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