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the University suspended the most recalcitrant demonstrators
  stubborn resistance to authority
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  • the University suspended the most recalcitrant demonstrators
  • Annette looked at me with the complete exasperation a mom shows a recalcitrant six-year-old.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • This recalcitrant behavior seemed to mystify pilot and engineer alike, and it was not until some of the gentlemen from the beer parlor ran out, and stood shouting soundlessly against the roar and pointing at our skis, that we began to comprehend the nature of our dilemma.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Father said no, she shouldn’t encourage Sam in his recalcitrance.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead

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  • Mrs. Brown, who relented the day before the trip by canceling her classes and declaring it a state law that the principal of the school must accompany every school-sponsored trip, stood ponderously on the bank herding the children together as if she were shepherding a flock of recalcitrant sheep.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • These many years later I am able to see how Leslie’s recalcitrance—indeed, her entire unassailable virginity—was a nice counterpoint to the larger narrative I have felt compelled to relate.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I’ve been framed; the recalcitrant child before the piano recital, or, more like it, the bullet-scarred war horse, veteran of early, barely remembered battles, about to be presented with a gold watch and a handshake and a heartfelt vote of thanks.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Dougal suppressed a sigh of impatience at my recalcitrance.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Down with Downworlders, kill all recalcitrant Shadow-hunters, blab blab.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Like a sculptor finally dropping mallet and chisel, giving up on a recalcitrant block that will never take the shape he’d pictured.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed

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  • Would you say that his attitude is still what one might call recalcitrant?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It sounds like someone’s trying to shake up some of the more …. recalcitrant members of the Clave.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • These recalcitrant views had time after time brought him into conflict with his peers.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • She’s right: In both photos Chris stares at the lens with the same pensive, recalcitrant squint, as if he’d been interrupted in the middle of an important thought and was annoyed to be wasting his time in front of the camera.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Now she sat resting in vacuous indolence, watching the card game with dull curiosity as she gathered her recalcitrant energies for the tedious chore of donning the rest of her clothing and going back to work.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • That he had a score of Socialist arguments chasing through his brain in the meantime did not interfere with this; on the contrary, Jurgis scrubbed the spittoons and polished the banisters all the more vehemently because at the same time he was wrestling inwardly with an imaginary recalcitrant.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • On the few occasions when they couldn’t make a particular movement, they went next door to the UCSF anatomy department, where a surgeon they knew would stick them with a needle and electrically stimulate the recalcitrant muscle.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • The wasted years in which he had shown no ability in school, in which he had been known as lazy, recalcitrant, without ambition, were behind him, forgotten.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • The handkerchief that she had tied round his thigh was now draped like a recalcitrant garter over his ankle.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • After this catalog, if some recalcitrant listener confuses the argonaut, which is acetabuliferous (in other words, a bearer of suction tubes), with the nautilus, which is tentaculiferous (a bearer of tentacles), it will be simply unforgivable.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • But my grandmother was preparing for the moment when he realized that they couldn’t grow all together and that some seeds would not come up at certain times, that the fine downy tendrils of cucumber might be abruptly stopped by the thickening underground bosses of carrot and potato, that the parsley might be camouflaged by the more recalcitrant weeds, and bugs that hopped about could blight the tender flowers.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Rosemary’s presence reminded her that she had been recalcitrant as a hostess and glancing about she said: "Have you met any one amusing, have you met Mr.—" Her eyes groped for a male who might interest Rosemary, but Dick said they must go.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • …had happened to his regiment, and the thought that he, an exemplary officer of many years’ service who had never been to blame, might be held responsible at headquarters for negligence or inefficiency so staggered him that, forgetting the recalcitrant cavalry colonel, his own dignity as a general, and above all quite forgetting the danger and all regard for self-preservation, he clutched the crupper of his saddle and, spurring his horse, galloped to the regiment under a hail of…
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Behind her, waiting their turn to name themselves to the Countess, Archer noticed a number of the recalcitrant couples who had declined to meet her at Mrs. Lovell Mingott’s.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • He had often thought of Arabella’s remarks that he should have been more severe with Sue, that her recalcitrant spirit would soon have been broken.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • No longer do the forms of the world appear to move in the patterns of a living, growing, harmonious thing, but stand recalcitrant, or at best inert.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Only once had he taken any direct action against a recalcitrant government.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • An ironsmith flattening a sheet of recalcitrant metal.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • In a book Farmer had shown me, there was a photograph of a conscripted and presumably recalcitrant roadworker who had been disciplined by the Marine-supervised Haitian gendarmes.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • They shrank from the master who still strove for their chains; they fled to the friends that had freed them, even though those friends stood ready to use them as a club for driving the recalcitrant South back into loyalty.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Another, passed around by little boys who had been victims, was that the lady principal, a hard-bitten, heavy, cruel woman of middle years who wore sequin-decorated dresses and smelled always of raw gin, got recalcitrant boys into her office and made them take down their pants so that she could flay their naked buttocks with a rattan cane.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Hard Tack became a notorious rogue, inspiring turf writer John Hervey to dub him "the archexponent of recalcitrance."
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • The Philadelphia Press said that in Ross "littleness" had "simply borne its legitimate fruit," and that he and his fellow recalcitrant Republicans had "plunged from a precipice of fame into the groveling depths of infamy and death."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The reddleman had been almost exasperated by the sight of Wildeve outside Clym’s house, and he was prepared to go to any lengths short of absolutely shooting him, to terrify the young innkeeper out of his recalcitrant impulses.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • He was a barracks filled with stubborn back-looking ghosts still recovering, even forty-three years afterward, from the fever which had cured the disease, waking from the fever without even knowing that it had been the fever itself which they had fought against and not the sickness, looking with stubborn recalcitrance backward beyond the fever and into the disease with actual regret, weak from the fever yet free of the disease and not even aware that the freedom was that of impotence.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Evidently, they had repaid it for its recalcitrance.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • The master used it as a threat to recalcitrant slaves.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • "I do not think he is being recalcitrant, your honor," Meade said.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • The longer the siege dragged on, the more it would hearten other recalcitrants, like Tytos Blackwood.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • As we turned in to the driveway, my recalcitrant dog trotted along beside me, not perfectly but respectably.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • A word, a wave of her whip sufficed for the dog to rout out the recalcitrant sheep and send him bleating to his fellows.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • An old man was having a fight with a recalcitrant umbrella and two nuns were being swept like sailboats toward their car.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • Only small children hate a doctor when they require his ministries, and sometimes even the most recalcitrant children can be persuaded.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • And when a girl showed any hint of resistance, all the girls would be summoned to watch as the recalcitrant one was tied up and savagely beaten.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Suddenly I was hard-bitten and recalcitrant, the kind of kid who took pleasure in sticking pins into cats; the kind who chased down smart kids to spray them with mace.
    ZZ Packer  --  Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
  • The artist nature is a sensitive and therefore a vindictive one; and masterful players have a way with recalcitrant audiences of rubbing a play into them instead of delighting them with it.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • Someone had asked Anton Karlovitch Ferge to entertain them with his tale of pleural shock, but he could not manage his recalcitrant tongue and frankly admitted his incapacity—which was unanimously greeted as cause for another drink.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Passionate, recalcitrant, stubbornly undefeated by failure or hurt or disgrace or bereavement, all the while heedlessly wasting of her gifts, she knows to the last that there is a world that remains out there, a world living and mysterious, and that she is of it.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • Timid Daisy, pale from fright, would have fled to the neighboring arms of Sudie Isaacs, or to the Tarkintons; Helen, aged ten, even then his delight, would master him, feeding spoonfuls of scalding soup into his mouth, and slapping him sharply with her small hand when he became recalcitrant.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Yet interrogation specialists talk in dark corners, as often to relieve frustration as to impress a listener, and he had heard about a recalcitrant, unmanageable patient, an amnesiac they called "Davey" and sometimes just a short, sharp, hostile "Webb," formerly a member of Saigon’s infamous Medusa, and a man they suspected of feigning his loss of memory.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
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