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She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
  stubbornly unyielding to the wishes of others
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  • She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
  • He is obstinate as a mule.
  • ...but he was as obstinate as a mule,
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • It was in vain to argue with him, for he was a very obstinate man.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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  • with a most obstinate and ill-judged secrecy, she would tell nothing, would give no clue, though she certainly knew all.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • I sat in the tiny, cheap hotel room we had rented and tried to reason with her, but it did no good. She was obstinate.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • ...but it’s never a good idea to nag and push a man, as it only makes them the more obstinate.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Levin hearing these voices sat scowling in an easy-chair in his wife’s bedroom, and maintained an obstinate silence when she asked him what was wrong.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • For over a year, I had lobbied for it, and he had obstinately refused.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • "I’ll do as I choose and go as I please," said Bilbo obstinately.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring

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  • You know how obstinate men are when they get their backs up.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • "I want the gum!" Violet said obstinately.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • They were an obstinate lot, it would take a long time to persuade one of them to go with him,
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • He was so certain of the truth of his assertion that he had become obstinate, as people do in violent arguments.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • He wished the clock would chime and tell him just how close to right he was, but the clock was obstinately silent.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • But this time Pyotr Ilyitch was as obstinate as a mule.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Elizabeth fiddles with a clump of hair that’s slipped out of her roller, grimaces at its obstinacy.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • He is very decided, but never will be obstinate, if you reason kindly, not oppose impatiently.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • ...a faint spark of hope, obstinately refusing to die, brought him out each dawn to scour the heavens for a sign.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • ...but the obstinate old man was not to be moved.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • He had a great deal of work to do, and could not waste more time on a boy who seemed to him insanely obstinate.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Jurgis could be very obstinate when he wanted to, and he was in this case,
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • But Laila was thinking of Mammy, as obstinate and uncompromising as the Mujahideen,
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Of course, Baba refused, and everyone shook their heads in dismay at his obstinate ways.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Vera said obstinately:
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • not looking at her, but obstinately looking at the opposite side of the room,
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He would not explain himself, but remained obstinately seated on his bed all the time I remained with him.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • At thirty-two years old, she had a dogged determination that bordered on obstinate.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "All the same, I should like it all plain and clear," said he obstinately,
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • But it is the obstinate custom of such creatures hardly ever to say what is set down for them.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • There’s a obstinate pauper for you!’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • I realized I already did believe, and that I was just being obstinate.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • My proud and obstinate husband refuses to ask mere demigods for help again.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • But my mother, frightened as she was, would not consent to take a fraction more than was due to her and was obstinately unwilling to be content with less.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • But he obstinately took roundabout ways, and presently he was where he could see long gray walls of vapor where lay battle lines.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Freddy backed up Eliza in her obstinate refusal to believe that they could save money by engaging a bookkeeper with some knowledge of the business.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • a look of relentless obstinacy crept into the habitually lazy blue eyes.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • He stayed obstinately at that thought.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • And with this gentle, but unconquerable obstinacy did he resist all her entreaties.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • Knowing your natural temper better than I, he could the better judge what arguments to use, whether of tenderness or terror, such as might prevail over your hardness and obstinacy, insomuch that you should no longer hide the name of him who tempted you to this grievous fall.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Beyond the river he saw a goods train winding out of Kingsbridge Station, like a worm with a fiery head winding through the darkness, obstinately and laboriously.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • ...all the bitterness which really flows from thwarted self-righteousness and obstinacy and...
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • There is nothing more to do except to pray and I haven’t much hope that that’ll do much good because, Marilla, I do not believe that God Himself can do very much with such an obstinate person as Mrs. Barry.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • I’ve clung with such idiotic obstinacy to my idea of what’s best for you, though it’s only hurt you.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • The anatomical fact of this labyrinth is indisputable; and that the supposition founded upon it is reasonable and true, seems the more cogent to me, when I consider the otherwise inexplicable obstinacy of that leviathan in HAVING HIS SPOUTINGS OUT, as the fishermen phrase it.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The old man made a gesture of resignation, though his rigid features still betrayed his obstinate adherence to a distrust, which he derived from a sort of hereditary contempt of his enemy, rather than from any present signs which might warrant so uncharitable a feeling.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Then in his turn the great tactician rose and stood, and looked at the ground, moving the staff before him not at all forward or backward: obstinate and...
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • refuses for some obstinate reason or other to say anything at all about those statements
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • After the expedition, Neal Beidleman pointed out that if Andy’s regulator had become fouled with ice, the gauge might have registered empty even though the canisters were full, which would explain his bizarre obstinacy.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
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