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ob·sti·nate

(ob'sti-năt),
1. Firmly adhering to one's own purpose or opinion, even when wrong; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty. Synonym(s): intractable (2) , refractory (2)
2. Synonym(s): refractory (1)
[L. obstinatus, determined]

obstinate

(ŏb′stə-nĭt)
adj.
Difficult to alleviate or cure.

ob′sti·nate·ness n.

ob·sti·nate

(ob'sti-năt)
1. Firmly adhering to one's own purpose or opinion, even when proven wrong; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty.
Synonym(s): intractable (2) , refractory (2) .
2. Synonym(s): refractory (1) .
[L. obstinatus, determined]
References in classic literature ?
She knew she felt contrary again, and obstinate, and she did not care at all.
Her hard featured face; her masculine readiness and decision of movement; her obstinate honesty of look and manner, all proclaimed her border birth and border training.
But it is the obstinate custom of such creatures hardly ever to say what is set down for them.
David,' he said, making his lips thin, by pressing them together,'if I have an obstinate horse or dog to deal with, what do you think I do?
His armour bore all the marks of the late obstinate fray, being broken, defaced, and stained with blood in many places, and covered with clay and dust from the crest to the spur.
Which two mighty powers have, as I was going to tell you, been engaged in a most obstinate war for six-and-thirty moons past.
Our soldiers had recourse to their muskets, and four of them putting the mouths of their pieces to the heads of some of the most obstinate and turbulent, struck them with such a terror, that all the clamour was stilled in an instant; none received any hurt but the Moor who had been the occasion of the tumult.
On the other hand, when the sedition had proceeded from causes which had inflamed the resentments of the major party, they might often be found obstinate and inexorable, when policy demanded a conduct of forbearance and clemency.
It is generally found possible -- by a little artificial compression or expansion on the part of the State physicians -- to make some of the more intelligent leaders of a rebellion perfectly Regular, and to admit them at once into the privileged classes; a much larger number, who are still below the standard, allured by the prospect of being ultimately ennobled, are induced to enter the State Hospitals, where they are kept in honourable confinement for life; one or two alone of the more obstinate, foolish, and hopelessly irregular are led to execution.
The storm exasperated him, the gale made him furious, and he longed to lash the obstinate sea into obedience.
Hence, though an obstinate fight may be made by a small force, in the end it must be captured by the larger force.
For Heaven's sake don't be obstinate, for when others are obstinate I am obstinate likewise, and then I become ferocious and headstrong, and there's my friend, who is even more headstrong and ferocious than myself.