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obstinate
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
stubbornly not doing what others want
  • 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.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (6% in)
obstinacy = trait of always (in a manner that is stubbornly unyielding despite resistance)
  • But at this question, Queequeg, who had twice or thrice before taken part in similar ceremonies, looked no ways abashed; but taking the offered pen, copied upon the paper, in the proper place, an exact counterpart of a queer round figure which was tattooed upon his arm; so that through Captain Peleg's obstinate mistake touching his appellative, it stood something like this:—
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (94% in)
  • And every morning, perched on our stays, rows of these birds were seen; and spite of our hootings, for a long time obstinately clung to the hemp, as though they deemed our ship some drifting, uninhabited craft; a thing appointed to desolation, and therefore fit roosting-place for their homeless selves.
    Chapters 49-51 -- The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (82% in)
  • There's your law of precedents; there's your utility of traditions; there's the story of your obstinate survival of old beliefs never bottomed on the earth, and now not even hovering in the air!
    Chapters 67-69 -- Cutting In; The Blanket; The Funeral (97% in)

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