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Definition stubbornly unyielding
  • as pertinacious as a bulldog's mouth
pertinacious = stubbornly unyielding
  • the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics
  • Her voice was as usual, pertinacious, unfeeling, with a slight plaint in it; terrible in its unchanged purpose.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Arrow of Gold
  • There was something in the moody and dogged silence of this pertinacious companion that was mysterious and appalling.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • pertinacious = stubbornly unyielding
  • I dwelt upon it with a pertinacity of attention—as if, in so dwelling, I could arrest here the descent of the steel.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • pertinacity = stubborn and unyielding
  • It followed my footsteps with a pertinacity which it would be difficult to make the reader comprehend.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • pertinacity = persistent determination
  • I well remember that suggestions arising from this ballad, led us into a train of thought wherein there became manifest an opinion of Usher's which I mention not so much on account of its novelty, (for other men have thought thus,) as on account of the pertinacity with which he maintained it.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • pertinacity = persistent determination (unyielding stubbornness)
  • "But tell me, my dear Sir," pertinaciously continued the other, "was the man's death effected by the halter, or was it a species of euthanasia?"
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Poor indemnity for natural rights of self-agency so pertinaciously, so insultingly denied!
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • But in the end Buck's pertinacity was rewarded; for the wolf, finding that no harm was intended, finally sniffed noses with him.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • —The pertinacity of her friend seemed more than she could bear.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • It clung to the member pertinaciously; yet she thought but little of the sign till Tirzah complained that she, too, was attacked in the same way.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • They fought with more pertinacity than bulldogs.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • They had not then learned, as I am told, to haggle for bargains with the pertinacity which now distinguishes them.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • But Guasconti, finding Baglioni's pertinacity intolerable, here broke away, and was gone before the professor could again seize his arm.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini's Daughter
  • The pertinacity of the deceased, and all the circumstances united, induced him to set on foot some secret enquiries.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Thomas Mugridge, so strangely and pertinaciously clinging to life, was soon limping about again and performing his double duties of cook and cabin-boy.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • 'There may be those who could have laughed at his pertinacity; I didn't.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • "What do you call the wake?" interrupted the pertinacious and dogmatical Cap.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • But she pertinaciously refused to make any response.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones

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