enduringness vs strength what difference

what is difference between enduringness and strength



enduring +‎ -ness


enduringness (uncountable)

  1. The quality of being enduring; lastingness.


  • abidingness, protractedness; see also Thesaurus:lastingness


  • undersensing



From Middle English strengthe, from Old English strengþu (strength), from Proto-West Germanic *strangiþu (strongness; strength), equivalent to strong +‎ -th. Cognate with Dutch strengte (strength), German Low German Strengde, Strengte (harshness; rigidity; strictness; severity).


  • (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /stɹɛŋkθ/, [st̠͡ɹ̠ɛŋkθ], [st̠͡ɹ̠ɛn̪θ]
    • (pinpen merger) IPA(key): [st̠͡ɹ̠ɪŋkθ]
  • Rhymes: -ɛŋθ, -ɛnθ


strength (countable and uncountable, plural strengths)

  1. The quality or degree of being strong.
    • c. 1605, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act V, Scene 5,[1]
      Our castle’s strength will laugh a siege to scorn.
    Antonym: weakness
  2. The intensity of a force or power; potency.
    • 1699, William Temple, Heads designed for an essay on conversations
      Study gives strength to the mind; conversation, grace: the first apt to give stiffness, the other suppleness: one gives substance and form to the statue, the other polishes it.
  3. The strongest part of something; that on which confidence or reliance is based.
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Psalm 46.1,[2]
      God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
    • 1649, Jeremy Taylor, The Great Examplar of Sanctity and Holy Life according to the Christian Institution, London: Francis Ash, Part 1, Section 4, Discourse 2, p. 66,[3]
      [] certainly there is not in the world a greater strength against temptations, then is deposited in an obedient understanding [] .
  4. A positive attribute.
    Antonym: weakness
  5. (obsolete) An armed force, a body of troops.
    • c. 1591, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 1, Act IV, Scene 3,[4]
      Thou princely leader of our English strength,
      Never so needful on the earth of France,
    • c. 1596, William Shakespeare, King John, Act II, Scene 1,[5]
      That done, dissever your united strengths,
      And part your mingled colours once again;
  6. (obsolete) A strong place; a stronghold.
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 7, lines 140-143,[6]
      All like himself rebellious, by whose aid
      This inaccessible high strength, the seat
      Of Deitie supream, us dispossest,
      He trusted to have seis’d []


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strength (third-person singular simple present strengths, present participle strengthing, simple past and past participle strengthed)

  1. (obsolete) To strengthen (all senses). [12th-17th c.]


  • See also Thesaurus:strengthen

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