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 ?
For you it's a matter of obstinacy," she said, watching him intently and suddenly finding the right word for that expression that irritated her, "simply obstinacy.
Altho' I cannot agree with you in supposing that I shall never again be exposed to Misfortunes as unmerited as those I have already experienced, yet to avoid the imputation of Obstinacy or ill-nature, I will gratify the curiosity of your daughter; and may the fortitude with which I have suffered the many afflictions of my past Life, prove to her a useful lesson for the support of those which may befall her in her own.
Nicholl, disgusted by this obstinacy, tried to tempt Barbicane by offering him every chance.
Then I do,' said Sikes, more in the spirit of obstinacy than because he had any real objection to the girl going where she listed.
For her part, she could not help thinking it was an encouragement to vice; but that she knew too much of the obstinacy of mankind to oppose any of their ridiculous humours.
Bogdanich is vindictive and you'll pay for your obstinacy," said Kirsten.
I can't say I do," answered Horace, in the positive tone of a man whose obstinacy is proof against every form of appeal that can be addressed to him.
Nobody could bargain with greater obstinacy, and as for cleanliness, the lustre on her brass sauce-pans was the envy and despair of other servants.
 The popular type and exponent of obstinacy is the mule, a most
All the obstinacy and defiance of his nature, driven out of their old channel, found a vent for themselves in the immediate formation of plans by which he would meet his difficulties, and remain Mr.
I am sure I cannot say that it HAD, but while Miss Summers declares that Miss Vernon showed no signs of obstinacy or perverseness during her whole stay in Wigmore Street, till she was detected in this scheme, I cannot so readily credit what Lady Susan has made him, and wants to make me believe, that it was merely an impatience of restraint and a desire of escaping from the tuition of masters which brought on the plan of an elopement.
If any tribe shall refuse to recognize the authority of the French, by bowing down to the laced chapeau of Mowanna, let them abide the consequences of their obstinacy.