pertinacity


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per·ti·nac·i·ty

 (pûr′tn-ăs′ĭ-tē)
n.
The quality or state of being pertinacious: "Again and again ... with the inexorable pertinacity of a child ... did he renew his efforts" (Nathaniel Hawthorne).
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Noun1.pertinacity - persistent determinationpertinacity - 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"

pertinacity

noun
Translations

pertinacity

[ˌpɜːtɪˈnæsɪtɪ] Npertinacia f

pertinacity

n (= perseverance)Beharrlichkeit f, → Ausdauer f; (= stubbornness)Hartnäckigkeit f

pertinacity

[ˌpɜːtɪˈnæsɪtɪ] npertinacia
References in classic literature ?
The ghost, it appears,--with the pertinacity which was one of his distinguishing characteristics while alive,--insisted that he was the rightful proprietor of the site upon which the house stood.
He really pitied George with all his heart, and had a sort of dim and cloudy perception of the style of feeling that agitated him; but he deemed it his duty to go on talking good to him, with infinite pertinacity.
The pertinacity of her friend seemed more than she could bear.
With this lamentable story , and with the humblest apologies for presuming on a slight acquaintance, the Marrables appeared at Combe-Raven, to appeal to the young ladies for a "Lucy," and to the universe for a "Falkland," with the mendicant pertinacity of a family in despair.
On this occasion he seemed to think he was introduced expressly to keep Traddles at bay; and he barked at my old friend, and made short runs at his plate, with such undaunted pertinacity, that he may be said to have engrossed the conversation.
The distressed damsel strove with much pertinacity to kiss his hands; but Don Quixote, who was in all things a polished and courteous knight, would by no means allow it, but made her rise and embraced her with great courtesy and politeness, and ordered Sancho to look to Rocinante's girths, and to arm him without a moment's delay.
I well remember that suggestions arising from this ballad, led us into a train of thought wherein there became manifest an opinion of Usher's which I mention not so much on account of its novelty (for other men* have thought thus,) as on account of the pertinacity with which he maintained it.
They had not shown sufficient pertinacity in their inquiries.
You will observe, monsieur, and tell me what you think; I could so much better rely on your opinion than on my own; women cannot judge of these things as men can, and, excuse my pertinacity, monsieur, but it is natural I should feel interested about this poor little girl (pauvre petite); she has scarcely any relations, her own efforts are all she has to look to, her acquirements must be her sole fortune; her present position has once been mine, or nearly so; it is then but natural I should sympathize with her; and sometimes when I see the difficulty she has in managing pupils, I reel quite chagrined.
It followed my footsteps with a pertinacity which it would be difficult to make the reader comprehend.
roared the terrified Jupiter, placing his hand upon his right organ of vision, and holding it there with a desperate pertinacity, as if in immediate dread of his master's attempt at a gouge.
I dwelt upon it with a pertinacity of attention -- as if, in so dwelling, I could arrest here the descent of the steel.