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ob•sti•na•cy(ˈɒb stə nə si)
n., pl. -cies.
Obstinacyof buffaloes: a herd—Hare, 1939.
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.
|Noun||1.||obstinacy - the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome|
|2.||obstinacy - 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"
flexibility, compliance, meekness, submissiveness, docility, cooperativeness, tractability
"Obstinacy in a bad cause, is but constancy in a good" [Thomas Browne Religio Medici]