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per·sis·tence

 (pər-sĭs′təns)
n.
1. The act of persisting.
2. The state or quality of being persistent; persistency.
3. Continuance of an effect after the cause is removed: persistence of vision.

persistence

(pəˈsɪstəns) or

persistency

n
1. the quality of persisting; tenacity
2. the act of persisting; continued effort or existence
3. the continuance of an effect after the cause of it has stopped: persistence of vision.

per•sist•ence

(pərˈsɪs təns, -ˈzɪs-)

also per•sist′en•cy,



n.
1. the act or fact of persisting.
2. the quality of being persistent.
[1540–50; < Late Latin persistentia; see persist, -ence]
syn: See perseverance.

Persistence

 of parents—Lipton, 1970.

Persistence

 

See Also: CLINGING, PURPOSEFULNESS

  1. As headstrong as an allegory on the banks of the Nile —Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  2. (Sorrow) as nagging as envy —Karl Shapiro
  3. (The name was becoming) a teasing obsession, like a tune —Wilfrid Sheed
  4. Dogged as a turtle crossing a road —Marge Piercy
  5. Hold on with a bulldog grip —Abraham Lincoln

    From a telegram to General Grant, August 1864.

  6. I’m like a terrier pup. Somebody tells me to do something and it gets done —Sue Grafton
  7. Insistent as a baby’s cry at feeding time —Anon
  8. Insistent as remorse —Victor Hugo
  9. Jabs like a prizefighter (at their feelings about each other) —Linda Barret Osborne, reviewing a novel in New York Times, August 31, 1986
  10. Obstinate as a Hindu woman contemplating suttee —Frank Swinnerton
  11. Obstinate as death —John Dryden
  12. Persistent annoyance, like the rough place on a tooth —David R. Slavitt
  13. Persistent as a bulldog —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  14. Persistent as a fly on a hound’s nose —Harold Adams
  15. Persistent as a nagging backache —Anon
  16. (Ugly and) persistent as pain —Carlos Baker
  17. Persist … like a terrier with a rat … she wouldn’t let go, come hell or high water —James Reeve
  18. Prevail like the false pig in Aesop —G. K. Chesterton
  19. Relentless as decay —Joseph Wambaugh
  20. Relentless as a nagging tongue —Anon
  21. Relentless as a windshield wiper —Anon
  22. Skin … as thick as his wallet —Jane Gross, New York Times, August 22, 1986

    The man with the thick skin and wallet is Abraham Hirshfeld, who ran a persistent campaign for the New York State governorship despite many insults and putdowns.

  23. Stick to it, like salmon swimming upstream —Anon
  24. Stubborn and hardy as a rubber mat —Marge Piercy
  25. (Death bugs me) as stubborn as insomnia —Anne Sexton
  26. Tenacious as remorse —Vincente Blasco-Ibâñez
  27. The thought … unable to move [out of his head] as a jellyfish fixed on the sand —Norman Mailer
  28. Tug at … like a robin with a worm —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  29. You’re like a train; nothing will turn you when you get started —Joyce Cary
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.persistence - the property of a continuous and connected period of time
durability, enduringness, lastingness, strength - permanence by virtue of the power to resist stress or force; "they advertised the durability of their products"
2.persistence - persistent determinationpersistence - persistent determination    
determination, purpose - the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose; "his determination showed in his every movement"; "he is a man of purpose"
3.persistence - the act of persisting or persevering; continuing or repeating behavior; "his perseveration continued to the point where it was no longer appropriate"
continuance, continuation - the act of continuing an activity without interruption

persistence

persistence

noun
1. The state or quality of being insistent:
2. Uninterrupted existence or succession:
Translations
مُثابَرَه، مُواظَبَه، تَصْميم
přetrvávání
vedbliven
òrautseigja; òrjóska
pretrvávanie
vztrajnost

persistence

[pəˈsɪstəns] persistency [pəˈsɪstənsɪ] N
1. (= tenacity) → perseverancia f
as a reward for her persistencecomo premio a su perseverancia
2. (= continuing to exist) [of symptoms, disease] → persistencia f

persistence

[pərˈsɪstəns] n
(= perseverance) [person] → persévérance f
... and her persistence paid off → ... et sa persévérance a payé.
[problem, symptom] → persistance f

persistence

, persistency
n (= tenacity)Beharrlichkeit f, → Hartnäckigkeit f; (= perseverance)Ausdauer f; (of disease)Hartnäckigkeit f; (of fog, pain etc)Anhalten nt, → Fortdauern nt; the persistence of his questioning brought resultssein beharrliches Fragen hat schließlich doch zu etwas geführt; the persistence of a high temperatureanhaltend hohes Fieber

persistence

[pəˈsɪstns] n (tenacity) → perseveranza; (obstinacy) → ostinazione f, persistenza; (continued existence) → persistere m

persist

(pəˈsist) verb
to keep doing, thinking etc in spite of opposition or difficulty; to continue asking, persuading etc. It will not be easy but you will succeed if you persist; He didn't want to tell her, but she persisted (in asking).
perˈsistent adjective
She was persistent in her demands/denials; persistent questions.
perˈsistently adverb
perˈsistence noun

per·sis·tence

n. persistencia, insistencia, constancia.
References in classic literature ?
He could speak a little Spanish, and also a language which nobody understood, unless it was the mocking-bird that hung on the other side of the door, whistling his fluty notes out upon the breeze with maddening persistence.
Dis yer matter 'bout persistence, feller-niggers," said Sam, with the air of one entering into an abstruse subject, "dis yer 'sistency 's a thing what an't seed into very clar, by most anybody.
My lord," answered the man, "pardon my boldness and my persistence.
But said one of the four servants, "Unless, indeed, this is a deliberate joke, I cannot bring myself to believe that men so intelligent as those present are, or seem to be, can venture to declare and assert that this is not a basin, and that not a pack-saddle; but as I perceive that they do assert and declare it, I can only come to the conclusion that there is some mystery in this persistence in what is so opposed to the evidence of experience and truth itself; for I swear by"- and here he rapped out a round oath- "all the people in the world will not make me believe that this is not a barber's basin and that a jackass's pack-saddle.
Until then the nose of the chevalier was ever delicate and nice; never had a damp black blotch, nor an amber drop fall from it; but now that nose, smeared with tobacco around the nostrils, degraded by the driblets which took advantage of the natural gutter placed between itself and the upper lip,--that nose, which no longer cared to seem agreeable, revealed the infinite pains which the chevalier had formerly taken with his person, and made observers comprehend, by the extent of its degradation, the greatness and persistence of the man's designs upon Mademoiselle Cormon.
The thudding vibration continued with wearisome persistence.
He arrived at this end by his persistence in accusation.
Still, the easterly winds, and, generally speaking, the easterly weather all the world over, is characterized by regularity and persistence.
The father to whom we owe our best heritage--the mechanical instinct, the keen sensibility to harmony, the unconscious skill of the modelling hand--galls us and puts us to shame by his daily errors; the long- lost mother, whose face we begin to see in the glass as our own wrinkles come, once fretted our young souls with her anxious humours and irrational persistence.
Raoul, concealed in the shadow, divined the many passionate thoughts that established, between the tent of the young ambassador and the balcony of the princess, a mysterious and magical bond of sympathy -- a bond created by thoughts imprinted with so much strength and persistence of will, that they must have caused happy and loving dreams to alight upon the perfumed couch, which the count, with the eyes of his soul, devoured so eagerly.
Upon the few occasions when, driven by his sister's persistence, he had vaguely considered it, he had shrunk away quickly from the thought of the unavoidable changes which would be ushered in by such a step.
I had remained indoors all day, for the weather had taken a sudden turn to rain, with high autumnal winds, and the Jezail bullet which I had brought back in one of my limbs as a relic of my Afghan campaign throbbed with dull persistence.