V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: persistent determination in holding to something, especially opinions, valuables, and routines

Synonyms: persistence, stubbornness, resolve, toughness, strength, nerve

Antonyms: weakness

Tips: Tenacity and the related adjective tenacious are derived from the Latin tenax, to "hold fast," and from tenere, "to hold." Both words are often used to refer to a person who doesn’t give up. Think of how a person would tenaciously hold on to the edge of a cliff and the tenacity with which he would do this.

Usage Examples:

She clung to her beliefs with a tenacity that was immediately evident to any who attempted to argue with her. (determination)

During her first ice skating lesson, she kept a tenacious grip on her instructor's arm. (strong, firm, clinging) adjective

He refused to take no for an answer, and his tenacity eventually paid off when he won the contract for his company. (persistence)

She had a tenacious selling style that made her the top salesperson for three months running. (persistent) adjective

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