continuing effort to achieve something despite difficulties (persistent)
She worked with dogged determination.
High achieving students often succeed because of their dogged effort.
She has been a dogged defender of free speech.
"My parents," Johnny repeated doggedly, "did they ask about me?"
S.E. Hinton -- The Outsiders
He felt himself slipping into darkness and blinked hard, doggedly clinging to life, willing himself to not let go.
Ben Mikaeslen -- Touching Spirit Bear
They had come from the right, and doggedly he swam in that direction,
Richard Connell -- The Most Dangerous Game
...all looking at him with grim and dogged expressions.
C.S. Lewis -- The Last Battle
George starts doggedly out...
Thornton Wilder -- Our Town
They bore on south in the days and weeks to follow. Solitary and dogged.
Cormac McCarthy -- The Road
The thought of Prim having to watch that keeps me doggedly inching my way toward the hideout.
Suzanne Collins -- The Hunger Games
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It would discuss the incompetence of the cops (it was a biased case, full of dead ends and wrong turns, with the police department focused doggedly on the wrong man).
Gillian Flynn -- Gone Girl
"My point exactly," the mayor said doggedly.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
With loud complaints he hung on doggedly until the other two had climbed out over him and pulled him up, somewhat dazed and discouraged.
Norton Juster -- The Phantom Tollbooth
Junior folded his own slice of bread into quarters to get it over with quicker, and he took a large bite and chewed doggedly, listening to the rustles behind him.
Anne Tayler -- A Spool of Blue Thread
They trudge along doggedly, or so it seems to me.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
It seemed hopeless to tell which of all the folk in the Castle might also be missing, but Colum called all of the servants, and went doggedly down the lists of the invited, asking who had been seen the evening before, and where, and when.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
"I didn’t see anybody," I repeated doggedly.
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
I nod toward the old woman doggedly making her way toward us.
Suzanne Collins -- Catching Fire
Once in a while there was a person roaming doggedly through the fog, mostly single-worded.
Markus Zusak -- The Book Thief
That’s my brand of doggedness.
Marcus Luttrell -- Lone Survivor
He scarcely knew who was battling whom, who was winning, who was losing, as though he hoped that by doggedly ignoring the war it would return the favor.
Khaled Hosseini -- And The Mountains Echoed
My throat is parched; everything dances red and black before my eyes, I stagger on doggedly and pitilessly and at last reach the dressing station.
Erich Maria Remarque -- All Quiet on the Western Front
I thought I would watch for the Count’s return, and for a long time sat doggedly at the window.
Bram Stoker -- Dracula
The Company were footsore and tired; but they trudged doggedly along the rough and winding track for many miles.
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Fellowship of the Ring
Sherman doggedly hopped rung to rung on one foot.
Homer Hickam -- October Sky
’When I says I will, I means I will,’ replied Mr. Gamfield doggedly.
Charles Dickens -- Oliver Twist
Imprisoned, she would work doggedly to escape.
Stephenie Meyer -- The Host
"You needn’t trouble yourself to talk any longer," said he, doggedly; "I know my own business, sir."
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
"I won’t go unless you give me the album," said the boy, seating himself doggedly in an arm-chair, according to his habit of never giving way.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
"Because her cat acted like all cats do," Hagrid continued doggedly.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
She had been riding doggedly, staring straight ahead.
Stieg Larsson -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
"I mean," Clary went on doggedly, "do you think there’s something he could do to make you like him?"
Cassandra Clare -- City of Fallen Angels
’Then what do you do with it?’ demanded Milo, plodding along doggedly through his mounting confusion to fling out the question burning on his lips.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
Or imagine a country where Renee’s doggedness is not the exception, but a cultural trait, embedded as deeply as the culture of honor in the Cumberland Plateau.
Malcolm Gladwell -- Outliers
"Nonsense, I like their singing," the broad man said doggedly.
Ralph Ellison -- Invisible Man
Her hard-earned doggedness told, and she remained fully in charge of the Garden of St. Joseph for twenty years.
John Hersey -- Hiroshima
It would only be for a day or two; just while I could get the certificate,’ Aunt Harriet went doggedly on.
John Wyndham -- The Chrysalids
Roy doggedly aimed himself for the woods.
Carl Hiassen -- Hoot
After that day, a day rarely passed without her drawing the hammer on her slate, and without Orlick’s slouching in and standing doggedly before her, as if he knew no more than I did what to make of it.
Charles Dickens -- Great Expectations
When, however, they began to pass into a new region, his old fears of stupidity and incompetence reassailed him, but this time he doggedly let them babble.
Stephen Crane -- The Red Badge of Courage
He made no reply to this adjuration; only plodding doggedly down the wooden steps, and halting, before an apartment which, from that halt and the superior quality of its furniture, I conjectured to be the best one.
Emily Bronte -- Wuthering Heights
"I’ve been afraid for about a week," returned Poole, doggedly disregarding the question, "and I can bear it no more."
Robert Louis Stevenson -- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
For several hours that day, I wielded my pick doggedly.
Jules Verne -- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
We lost the flare of excitement and we had not yet put on the doggedness of a long war.
John Steinbeck -- East of Eden
— Sorrow is better than fear, said Father Vincent doggedly.
Alan Paton -- Cry, the Beloved Country
Above the whine of the engine he could hear the tires crunch doggedly through the deepening snow and ice.
William P. Young -- The Shack
He had lain like a Trojan behind his mattress in the gallery; he had followed every order silently, doggedly, and well; he was the oldest of our party by a score of years; and now, sullen, old, serviceable servant, it was he that was to die.
Robert Louis Stevenson -- Treasure Island
He turns and plods wearily, doggedly of at left.
Tennessee Williams -- A Streetcar Named Desire
Acting as though it could not see them, it shuffled hunchbacked, slowly and doggedly, towards the far end of the room, all the while muttering under its breath in a hoarse, deep voice like a bullfrogs.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
But in the last resort he simply ceased to believe in himself, and doggedly, slavishly sought arguments in all directions, fumbling for them, as though someone were forcing and drawing him to it.