(Latin: often through French, quality or state of; being; condition; act or fact of _______ ing; a suffix that forms nouns)
2. An involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom.
2. The state of being drowsy or inattentive; dullness.
2. The determined continuation with something; usually over a long period; especially, despite difficulties or setbacks: Perseverance usually indicates that something has been continued in spite of it not being easy to accomplish; in fact, perseverance is required to accomplish just about any skill.
Perseverance may be used in either a favorable or an unfavorable sense, and implies unremitting and sometimes annoying persistence; for example, talking when others want to study.3. Etymology: from Latin perseverantia, "steadfastness, constancy".
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2. Unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered.
3. Contemptuous in speech or behavior.
2. Etymology: from Middle English aqueyntance, "make known" from ad-, "before" + "cognoscere, "to know well."
The precipitance and quickness of the faculty members in submitting their resignations took the Board of Directors by surprise.