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Definition stubborn resistance to authority
  • the University suspended the most recalcitrant demonstrators
  • ...passed, bent double, towing a recalcitrant cow over his shoulder.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Tales of Unrest
  • Neither could he mobilize his army to go forth to war, nor could he punish his recalcitrant subjects.
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel
  • 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
  • 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
  • The longer the siege dragged on, the more it would hearten other recalcitrants, like Tytos Blackwood.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • 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
  • An ironsmith flattening a sheet of recalcitrant metal.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Evidently, they had repaid it for its recalcitrance.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Would you say that his attitude is still what one might call recalcitrant?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Father said no, she shouldn't encourage Sam in his recalcitrance.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • "I do not think he is being recalcitrant, your honor," Meade said.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • 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
  • As we turned in to the driveway, my recalcitrant dog trotted along beside me, not perfectly but respectably.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • 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
  • It sounds like someone's trying to shake up some of the more .... recalcitrant members of the Clave.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • 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
  • Down with Downworlders, kill all recalcitrant Shadow-hunters, blab blab.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • 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
  • Annette looked at me with the complete exasperation a mom shows a recalcitrant six-year-old.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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