obstinacy


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ob·sti·na·cy

 (ŏb′stə-nə-sē)
n. pl. ob·sti·na·cies
1. The state or quality of being stubborn or refractory.
2. The act or an instance of being stubborn or refractory.

obstinacy

(ˈɒbstɪnəsɪ) or

obstinateness

n, pl -cies
1. the state or quality of being obstinate
2. an obstinate act, attitude, etc. Also (rare): pervicacity or pervicacy

ob•sti•na•cy

(ˈɒb stə nə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. the quality or state of being obstinate; stubbornness.
2. an instance of being obstinate; an obstinate act, viewpoint, etc.
[1350–1400]

Obstinacy

 of buffaloes: a herd—Hare, 1939.

Obstinacy

 

deaf as an adder Obstinate refusal to listen; stubborn unwillingness to pay attention. The origin of this phrase lies in ancient Oriental folklore. An adder was thought to protect itself against the music of a snake charmer by blocking one ear with its tail while pressing the other ear to the ground. This belief was mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible:

They are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear
Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.
(Psalms 58:4-5)

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.obstinacy - the trait of being difficult to handle or overcomeobstinacy - the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome
intractability, intractableness - the trait of being hard to influence or control
2.obstinacy - resolute adherence to your own ideas or desiresobstinacy - resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires
firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolve, firmness, resolution - the trait of being resolute; "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"
impenitence, impenitency - the trait of refusing to repent
intransigence, intransigency - the trait of being intransigent; stubbornly refusing to compromise

obstinacy

noun stubbornness, persistence, tenacity, perseverance, resolution, intransigence, firmness, single-mindedness, inflexibility, obduracy, doggedness, relentlessness, wilfulness, resoluteness, pig-headedness, pertinacity, tenaciousness, mulishness the obstinacy typical of his thoroughly awkward nature
flexibility, compliance, meekness, submissiveness, docility, cooperativeness, tractability
Quotations
"Obstinacy in a bad cause, is but constancy in a good" [Thomas Browne Religio Medici]

obstinacy

noun
Translations
عَنادَه
stædighed
csökönyösségönfejűség
òrjóska
trma
inatçılık

obstinacy

[ˈɒbstɪnəsɪ] N [of person] → obstinación f, terquedad f; [of resistance] → tenacidad f; [of illness] → persistencia f

obstinacy

[ˈɒbstɪnəsi] nobstination f

obstinacy

n
(of person)Hartnäckigkeit f, → Starrsinn m; his obstinacy in doing somethingdie Hartnäckigkeit, mit der er etw tut
(of illness, resistance)Hartnäckigkeit f

obstinacy

[ˈɒbstɪnəsɪ] nostinazione f

obstinate

(ˈobstinət) adjective
refusing to yield, obey etc. She won't change her mind – she's very obstinate.
ˈobstinacy (-nəsi) noun
ˈobstinately adverb
References in classic literature ?
well, if the boy held his tongue because he promised, and not from obstinacy, I'll forgive him.
What is now so freely accorded to approved courage, may be refused to useless obstinacy.
What I saw in him -- as evidently as the indestructible ramparts of Old Ticonderoga, already cited as the most appropriate simile -- was the features of stubborn and ponderous endurance, which might well have amounted to obstinacy in his earlier days; of integrity, that, like most of his other endowments, lay in a somewhat heavy mass, and was just as unmalleable or unmanageable as a ton of iron ore; and of benevolence which, fiercely as he led the bayonets on at Chippewa or Fort Erie, I take to be of quite as genuine a stamp as what actuates any or all the polemical philanthropists of the age.
The anatomical fact of this labyrinth is indisputable; and that the supposition founded upon it is reasonable and true, seems the more cogent to me, when I consider the otherwise inexplicable obstinacy of that leviathan in having his spoutings out, as the fishermen phrase it.
Mammy has a kind of obstinacy about her, in spots, that everybody don't see as I do.
But one cannot be too much on his guard in such a case, lest his actions be biased by obstinacy or an undue regard for the opinions of men.
Well may you wonder, Marianne," replied her brother, "at the obstinacy which could resist such arguments as these.
But the uproar passed away in twenty minutes, leaving us all unharmed; excepting Cathy, who got thoroughly drenched for her obstinacy in refusing to take shelter, and standing bonnetless and shawl-less to catch as much water as she could with her hair and clothes.
After bursting open a door of idiotic obstinacy with a weak rattle in its throat, you fell into Tellson's down two steps, and came to your senses in a miserable little shop, with two little counters, where the oldest of men made your cheque shake as if the wind rustled it, while they examined the signature by the dingiest of windows, which were always under a shower-bath of mud from Fleet-street, and which were made the dingier by their own iron bars proper, and the heavy shadow of Temple Bar.
Perhaps this was an agreeable excitement to the donkey-boys; or perhaps the more sagacious of the donkeys, understanding how the case stood, delighted with constitutional obstinacy in coming that way.
Whitewash on the forehead hardens the brain into a state of obstinacy perhaps.
Godfrey was not insensible to her loving effort, and did Nancy no injustice as to the motives of her obstinacy.