pertinacious


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per·ti·na·cious

 (pûr′tn-ā′shəs)
adj.
1. Holding tenaciously or stubbornly to a purpose, opinion, or course of action: a pertinacious heretic; pertinacious defiance.
2. Extremely persistent or unyielding: pertinacious researchers.

[From Latin pertināx, pertināc- : per-, per- + tenāx, tenacious (from tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots).]

per′ti·na′cious·ly adv.

pertinacious

(ˌpɜːtɪˈneɪʃəs)
adj
1. doggedly resolute in purpose or belief; unyielding
2. stubbornly persistent
[C17: from Latin pertināx, from per- (intensive) + tenāx clinging, from tenēre to hold]
ˌpertiˈnaciously adv
pertinacity, ˌpertiˈnaciousness n

per•ti•na•cious

(ˌpɜr tnˈeɪ ʃəs)

adj.
1. holding tenaciously to a purpose, course of action, or opinion; resolute.
2. extremely or stubbornly persistent.
[1620–30; < Latin pertināx, s. pertināc-]
per`ti•na′cious•ly, adv.
per`ti•nac′i•ty (-ˈæs ɪ ti) per`ti•na′cious•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pertinacious - stubbornly unyieldingpertinacious - 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

pertinacious

adjective
2. Difficult to alleviate or cure:
Translations

pertinacious

[ˌpɜːtɪˈneɪʃəs] ADJpertinaz

pertinacious

adj (= persevering)beharrlich, ausdauernd; (= tenacious, stubborn)hartnäckig

pertinacious

[ˌpɜːtɪˈneɪʃs] adjostinato/a, pertinace
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"You look surprised at seeing me!" he repeated in his quietly pertinacious way.
There was something in the moody and dogged silence of this pertinacious companion that was mysterious and appalling.
Here be it said, that this pertinacious pursuit of one particular whale, continued through day into night, and through night into day, is a thing by no means unprecedented in the South sea fishery.
Her voice was as usual, pertinacious, unfeeling, with a slight plaint in it; terrible in its unchanged purpose.
Bishopriggs, equally pertinacious, went on with his toddy.
But when we compare the dray-horse and race-horse, the dromedary and camel, the various breeds of sheep fitted either for cultivated land or mountain pasture, with the wool of one breed good for one purpose, and that of another breed for another purpose; when we compare the many breeds of dogs, each good for man in very different ways; when we compare the game-cock, so pertinacious in battle, with other breeds so little quarrelsome, with 'everlasting layers' which never desire to sit, and with the bantam so small and elegant; when we compare the host of agricultural, culinary, orchard, and flower-garden races of plants, most useful to man at different seasons and for different purposes, or so beautiful in his eyes, we must, I think, look further than to mere variability.
I could not hinder myself from pondering on the question - 'Had he had fair play?' Whatever I did, that idea would bother me: it was so tiresomely pertinacious that I resolved on requesting leave to go to Wuthering Heights, and assist in the last duties to the dead.
I could see that Montgomery had one of those slow, pertinacious tempers that will warm day after day to a white heat, and never again cool to forgiveness; and I saw too that this quarrel had been some time growing.
I have listened for hours to this most pertinacious pedlar (I wonder whether he is dead or has made a fortune), while sitting on the rail of the old Duke of S- (she's dead, poor thing!
If a pertinacious minority can control the opinion of a majority, respecting the best mode of conducting it, the majority, in order that something may be done, must conform to the views of the minority; and thus the sense of the smaller number will overrule that of the greater, and give a tone to the national proceedings.
"But Richelieu never came in this manner," said the pertinacious boy.
Again they laughed at the child's pertinacious fancy for a night ramble.