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te·na·cious

 (tə-nā′shəs)
adj.
1.
a. Extremely persistent in adhering to or doing something; stubborn or relentless: "tenacious defenders of their harsh and pitiless land" (Dee Brown).
b. Characterized by extreme persistence; relentless or enduring: tenacious detective work; tenacious superstitions.
2. Holding together firmly; cohesive: a tenacious material.
3. Clinging to another object or surface; adhesive: tenacious lint.
4. Tending to retain; retentive: a tenacious memory.

[From Latin tenāx, tenāc-, holding fast, from tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

te·na′cious·ly adv.
te·nac′i·ty (tə-năs′ĭ-tē), te·na′cious·ness n.

tenacious

(tɪˈneɪʃəs)
adj
1. holding or grasping firmly; forceful: a tenacious grip.
2. retentive: a tenacious memory.
3. stubborn or persistent: a tenacious character.
4. holding together firmly; tough or cohesive: tenacious cement.
5. tending to stick or adhere: tenacious mud.
[C16: from Latin tenāx, from tenēre to hold]
teˈnaciously adv
teˈnaciousness, tenacity n

te•na•cious

(təˈneɪ ʃəs)

adj.
1. holding fast; characterized by keeping a firm hold (often fol. by of): a tenacious grip; tenacious of old habits.
2. highly retentive: a tenacious memory.
3. persistent or stubborn.
4. adhesive or sticky.
5. holding together; cohesive.
[1600–10; < Latin tenāx, s. tenāc- holding fast, tenacious, adj. derivative of tenēre to hold]
te•na′cious•ly, adv.
te•na′cious•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tenacious - good at remembering; "a retentive mind"; "tenacious memory"
mindful, aware - bearing in mind; attentive to; "ever mindful of her health"; "mindful of his responsibilities"; "mindful of these criticisms, I shall attempt to justify my action"
2.tenacious - stubbornly unyieldingtenacious - stubbornly unyielding; "dogged persistence"; "dour determination"; "the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics"; "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot; "men tenacious of opinion"
obstinate, stubborn, unregenerate - tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
3.tenacious - sticking together; "two coherent sheets"; "tenacious burrs"
adhesive - tending to adhere

tenacious

adjective
2. firm, dogged, persistent, unyielding, unswerving a tenacious belief
3. strong, firm, fast, iron, tight, clinging, forceful, immovable, unshakable He has a particularly tenacious grip on life.
4. retentive, good, photographic, unforgetful her analytical mind and tenacious memory
5. adhesive, clinging, sticky, glutinous, gluey, mucilaginous tenacious catarrh in the nasal passages and lungs

tenacious

adjective
2. Persistently holding to something:
Translations

tenacious

[tɪˈneɪʃəs] ADJ [person] → tenaz; [belief, idea] → firme

tenacious

[tɪˈneɪʃəs] adj
(= determined) [person] → tenace
(= persistent) [belief] → tenace
(= firm) [hold, grip] → ferme

tenacious

adjzäh, hartnäckig; character, person alsobeharrlich; memoryunschlagbar; to be tenacious in doing somethingetw hartnäckig or eisern tun; the disease had a tenacious hold on …die Krankheit hielt … in eisernem Griff; to be tenacious of something (form)zäh an etw (dat)festhalten; to be tenacious of life (form) to have a tenacious hold on lifezäh am Leben hängen

tenacious

[tɪˈneɪʃəs] adjtenace

te·na·cious

a. tenaz, persistente; determinado-a.
References in classic literature ?
Heyward instantly knew it for a trinket that Alice was fond of wearing, and which he recollected, with the tenacious memory of a lover, to have seen, on the fatal morning of the massacre, dangling from the fair neck of his mistress.
Thus relieved of a grievous load, I from that hour set to work afresh, resolved to pioneer my way through every difficulty: I toiled hard, and my success was proportionate to my efforts; my memory, not naturally tenacious, improved with practice; exercise sharpened my wits; in a few weeks I was promoted to a higher class; in less than two months I was allowed to commence French and drawing.
and maintained its tenacious gripe, almost maddening me with fear.
In this coffer, his riches hid themselves with such a tenacious modesty, that the smallest instalments could only be tempted out by artifice; so that Peggotty had to prepare a long and elaborate scheme, a very Gunpowder Plot, for every Saturday's expenses.
The touch probably associated, as is usual, with some of the apprehensions excited by his dream; for the old man started up, his grey hair standing almost erect upon his head, and huddling some part of his garments about him, while he held the detached pieces with the tenacious grasp of a falcon, he fixed upon the Palmer his keen black eyes, expressive of wild surprise and of bodily apprehension.
As to poll taxes, I, without scruple, confess my disapprobation of them; and though they have prevailed from an early period in those States[1] which have uniformly been the most tenacious of their rights, I should lament to see them introduced into practice under the national government.
We cannot err in supposing that the former would contend for a participation in the government, fully proportioned to their superior wealth and importance; and that the latter would not be less tenacious of the equality at present enjoyed by them.
To rustic neighbourhoods, where love is more than commonly tenacious, and where some bonds of blood or fellowship unite the entire society of a parish, the body-snatcher, far from being repelled by natural respect, was attracted by the ease and safety of the task.
The cardinal has a tenacious memory and a long arm; you may depend upon it, he will repay you by some ill turn.
Instead of striking between the sixth and seventh left ribs, as your countrymen do, you must have struck higher or lower, and life is very tenacious in these lawyers, or rather there is no truth in anything you have told me -- it was a fright of the imagination, a dream of your fancy.
No," replied the soldier, tenacious in his credulity; "he has foretold many things which have come to pass; for instance, that the queen would have a son; that Monsieur Coligny would be killed in a duel with the Duc de Guise; and finally, that the coadjutor would be made cardinal.
Wyeth was immediately for pursuing them, rifle in hand, but saw evident signs of dissatisfaction in his half-breed hunters; who considered him as trenching upon their province, and meddling with things quite above his capacity; for these veterans of the wilderness are exceedingly pragmatical, on points of venery and woodcraft, and tenacious of their superiority; looking down with infinite contempt upon all raw beginners.