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    So, hey guys. Was wondering about this word. I do not know if this is the correct forum as I am knew . I learned of this word as a photographical term, but I understand it also has abstract connotations about endurance and being self-controlled. Can anyone shed some light on this? Is it a bit obscure? are there more meaningful words that mean the same thing, in terms of "self-mastery"? I am obsessed with this and would love any information you could provide. Thanks!

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    Etymologically "выдержка" derives from the verb "держать" (to hold).
    Meanings of выдержка:

    1) self-control, self-mastery, self-restraint
    2) tenacity; staying power, endurance
    3) ripening, ag(e)ing (about wine)
    вино двухлетней выдержки — two-year-old wine
    4) (photo) exposure
    5) extract, excerpt, quotation

    All of them are widely used in modern Russian.
    It's interesting to see, how languages work, and how a word in one can correspond to multiple words in others. In this case words 1-4 have an obvious common theme: waiting, holding on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gRomoZeka View Post
    Etymologically "выдержка" derives from the verb "держать" (to hold).
    Meanings of выдержка:

    1) self-control, self-mastery, self-restraint
    2) tenacity; staying power, endurance
    3) ripening, ag(e)ing (about wine)
    вино двухлетней выдержки — two-year-old wine
    4) (photo) exposure
    5) extract, excerpt, quotation

    All of them are widely used in modern Russian.
    It's interesting to see, how languages work, and how a word in one can correspond to multiple words in others. In this case words 1-4 have an obvious common theme: waiting, holding on.
    Are there other words like this in Russian language/colloquial? I mean obviously I've looked up synonyms but I'm completed fascinated by the wealth and range of meaning in one word. Or maybe something idiomatic? Thanks for your reply!

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