As the title shows, can anyone tell me what is the word for strength of will?

For example,

Her strength of will was extraordinary.

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    I think this is Not Constructive. There are any number of terms available, and even with a lot more context, I doubt it would ever be possible to identify a single "correct" answer. Jan 14, 2013 at 2:22

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Some other options:

Her resolve was extraordinary.

Her iron will was extraordinary.


Willpower (“The unwavering strength of will to carry out one’s wishes”) is suitable. Also consider fortitude (“Mental or emotional strength that enables courage in the face of adversity”).

Terms with slightly-less-positive slants include bloody-mindedness (obstinacy or stubbornness or doggedness). The latter has synonyms that include persistence; perseverance; tenacity; stubbornness.


Synonyms for Strength of will:

aplomb, composure, force of will, mind, poise, possession, self-command, self-control, self-possession, self-will, will, willpower, will power

Also (will power):
perseverance, self-command, self-possession, firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolve, firmness, resolution, nerves, drive, determination, grit, self-discipline, single-mindedness, fixity of purpose.


Perhaps Stoicism (A real or pretended indifference to pleasure or pain; insensibility; impassiveness)? Perhaps too negative though?

  • Wikipedia says that in modern usage, “The word "stoic" commonly refers to someone indifferent to pain, pleasure, grief, or joy. The modern usage [is] "person who represses feelings or endures patiently"...” In short, it doesn't denote (and often doesn't connote) strength of will. Novels and movies are full of stoic villains who ultimately are craven. Jan 14, 2013 at 2:20
  • I agree, but without further context regarding the intended connotation, I think 'stoicism' is still a valid suggestion.
    – Kyudos
    Jan 14, 2013 at 2:24

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