Persevere

(3 syl.). This word comes from an obsolete Latin verb, severo (to stick rigidly); hence severus (severe or rigid). Asseverate is to stick rigidly to what you say; persevere is to stick rigidly to what you undertake till you have accomplished it. (Per-severo.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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