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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n obstinacy resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires
    • n obstinacy the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Obstinacy A fixedness in will, opinion, or resolution that can not be shaken at all, or only with great difficulty; firm and usually unreasonable adherence to an opinion, purpose, or system; unyielding disposition; stubborness; pertinacity; persistency; contumacy. "You do not well in obstinacy To cavil in the course of this contract.""To shelter their ignorance, or obstinacy, under the obscurity of their terms."
    • Obstinacy The quality or state of being difficult to remedy, relieve, or subdue; as, the obstinacy of a disease or evil.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n obstinacy The character or condition of being obstinate; pertinacions adherence to an opinion, purpose, or course of conduct, whether right or wrong, and in spite of argument or entreaty; a fixedness, and generally an unreasonable fixedness, of opinion or resolution, that cannot be shaken; stubbornness; pertinacity.
    • n obstinacy An unyielding character or quality; continued resistance to the operation of remedies or to palliative measures: as, the obstinacy of a fever or of a cold. Synonyms Doggedness, headiness, wilfulness, obduracy. See obstinate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Obstinacy the condition of being obstinate: excess of firmness: stubbornness: fixedness that yields with difficulty, as a disease
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  • J. Swartz
    J. Swartz
    “Steadfastness is a noble quality, but unguided by knowledge or humility it becomes rashness or obstinacy.”
  • Man Ray
    Man Ray
    “One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy.”
  • Sir Thomas Browne
    “Obstinacy in a bad cause is but constancy in a good.”
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
    “The obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to the obstinacy of folly and inanity.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “Obstinacy is the sister of constancy, at least in vigor and stability.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Obstinate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. obstināre, -ātumob, in the way of, stāre, to stand.


In literature:

She looked across the room at him with an expression of mingled obstinacy and false humility.
"The Cathedral" by Sir Hugh Walpole
Gervaise, with her woman's obstinacy, kept repeating an argument which she considered unanswerable.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
The hourly threatenings of your fine fellow, as well as your own unheard-of obstinacy, will account to you for all this.
"Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
I see no obstinacy, no perverseness, in her manner!
"Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Lee's obstinacy was punished by his being overtaken and captured by the enemy.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XI" by John Lord
This giant labor of men, this obstinacy in living, is their excuse, is redemption.
"Doctor Pascal" by Emile Zola
Revenge and obstinacy, Mr. Hickman, will make women, the best of them, do very unaccountable things.
"Clarissa, Volume 7" by Samuel Richardson
It is disagreeable to see one's fellows practise obstinacy.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Mr. Chadwick Champneys sighed, face to face with Champneys obstinacy.
"The Purple Heights" by Marie Conway Oemler
The bitter obstinacy of the opposition?
"Quiet Talks about Jesus" by S. D. Gordon
The old maid's persistent obstinacy so far succeeded that Steinbock was taken on to design ornament.
"Poor Relations" by Honore de Balzac
Both sides imagine treachery, pride prevents an explanation, and the rupture comes about through obstinacy.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 3" by Various
At the place of execution he appeared scarce without any appearance of terror, much less of obstinacy or contempt of death.
"Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences" by Arthur L. Hayward
Through his obstinacy they failed.
"Sketches of the Covenanters" by J. C. McFeeters
Rose had returned with bitter persistence to the siege of her father's obstinacy.
"Leonora" by Arnold Bennett
Her obstinacy was ridiculous, but must be reckoned on.
"The Lure of the North" by Harold Bindloss
John's nature was purely obstinate, and obstinacy is weakness.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
I fear they will; there is usually an obstinacy in weakness.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
Among heretics and those possessed, such obstinacy as hers was not unparalleled.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
Whoever would have suspected such obstinacy in the O'Bake; she who always was so yielding within her home and outside of it.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville

In poetry:

"He clings to every single rag
With obstinacy and vim;
It takes ten fingers and a will
To part his clothes from him.
"December" by Nancy Byrd Turner
Agelessly silent,
And with a grim, reptile determination,
Cold, voiceless age-after-age behind him, serpents' long obstinacy
Of horizontal persistence.
"Lui Et Elle" by D H Lawrence
'Farewell, you span of open wings outspread,
The voluntary obstinacy of flight,
O figure of the world revealed in speech,
Creative genius, wonder-working might!'
"August" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

Even an empty chair would have provided a sturdier obstinacy.
Republican obstinacy doomed the supercommittee.
The fiscal cliff crisis is a slapdash amalgam of cowardice and obstinacy.