• WordNet 3.6
    • adj obstinate resistant to guidance or discipline "Mary Mary quite contrary","an obstinate child with a violent temper","a perverse mood","wayward behavior"
    • adj obstinate stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
    • adj obstinate tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
    • v obstinate persist stubbornly "he obstinates himself against all rational arguments"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Obstinate Not yielding; not easily subdued or removed; as, obstinate fever; obstinate obstructions.
    • Obstinate Pertinaciously adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course; persistent; not yielding to reason, arguments, or other means; stubborn; pertinacious; -- usually implying unreasonableness. "I have known great cures done by obstinate resolution of drinking no wine.""No ass so meek, no ass so obstinate .""Of sense and outward things."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • obstinate Pertinaciously adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course of action; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty; headstrong.
    • obstinate Springing from or indicating obstinacy.
    • obstinate Not easily controlled or removed; unyielding to treatment: as, an obstinate cough; an obstinate headache.
    • obstinate Synonyms Obstinate, Stubborn, Intractable, Refractory, Contumacious, pertinacious, headstrong, unyielding, dogged, wilful, persistent, immovable, inflexible, firm, resolute. The first five words now imply a strong and vicious or disobedient refusal to yield, a resolute or unmanageable standing upon one's own will. Stubborn is strictly negative: a stubborn child will not listen to advice or commands, but perhaps has no definite purpose of his own. Obstinate is active: the obstinate man will carry out his intention in spite of advice, remonstrance, appeals, or force. The last three of the italicized words imply disobedience to proper authority. Intractable, literally not to be drawn, handled, or governed, is negative; so is refractory: both suggest sullenness or perverseness; refractory is more appropriate where resistance is physical: hence the extension of the word to apply to metals. Contumacious combines pride, haughtiness, or insolence with disobedience; in law it means wilfully disobedient to the orders of a court.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Obstinate ob′sti-nāt blindly or excessively firm: unyielding: stubborn: not easily subdued or remedied
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Bigot, one who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “The passion of hatred is so long lived and so obstinate a malady that the surest sign of death in a sick person is their desire for reconciliation.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.”
  • Proverb
    “Fools and obstinate men make lawyers rich.”
  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    “Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is most hated.”
  • Lord Longford
    Lord Longford
    “The male sex still constitute in many ways the most obstinate vested interest one can find.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. obstinatus, p. p. of obstinare, to set about a thing with firmness, to persist in; ob,see Ob-) + a word from the root of stare, to stand. See Stand, and cf. Destine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. obstināre, -ātumob, in the way of, stāre, to stand.


In literature:

Come tell me, little obstinate, otherwise I will break your little finger.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
Constipation is usually obstinate, while diarrhoea may cause great weakness.
"Epilepsy, Hysteria, and Neurasthenia" by Isaac G. Briggs
The duke was furious at his disappointment, but was only the more obstinately bent on carrying out his plans.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
He was called proud and obstinate, and he was both.
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
Odd, how obstinately she set her face against witchcraft.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
A short man with a red face, somewhat obstinate-looking.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Hugo rang again, wrathfully, but the door remained obstinate.
"Hugo" by Arnold Bennett
Even eternal death is not a judicial assignment for our obstinate sinfulness.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
She could be as obstinate as a mule.
"The Rebel of the School" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
The latter had not opened his lips since he had so obstinately resumed his work.
"His Masterpiece" by Emile Zola

In poetry:

But there's an hour of brighter joy,
When he his angels sends
Obstinate rebels to destroy,
And gather in his friends.
"Hymn 113" by Isaac Watts
Why do you front the sun so obstinately,
American eagle?
As if you owed him an old old grudge, great sun: or an old,
old allegiance.
"Eagle In New Mexico" by D H Lawrence
Weeds are of such obstinate growth,
They elude the most diligent hand;
And, if they were not to be check'd,
Would quickly run over the land.
"To A Young Gentleman" by Matilda Betham
O you, my nights, O long-awaited black-
ness, O proud country, O obstinate sec-
rets, O long looks, O thundering clouds
O flight beyond skies which are closed
"Nyx (English translation)" by Catherine Pozzi
Well, well, I can hear you, don't have any fears,
I can hear what is constantly dinned in my ears.
The obstinate bird, with his wonderful trill,
Still made but one answer, and that, "Whip-poor-Will."
"The Whippoorwill And I" by Horatio Alger Jr
But, children, there's a chance you may
With Obstinate Persistence
Incline to Fawn, or Cream or Grey,
Then you can't Make the Distance.
You'll keep your Soul; but I'm afraid
You'll have to learn some Nicer Trade.
"Politics for Tots: Lesson 2~ “The Party”" by C J Dennis

In news:

Stop us if you've heard this one: An unpopular Democratic president facing tough economic times overcomes those difficulties to win reelection by pinning the nation's problems on an obstinate Republican-led Congress.
The pumps wouldn't throw out the obstinate wipes because the clogs obviously were getting worse and worse, binding inside the pump.
Obstinate Outliers, GPS Trackers and Insufficient Audits.
"They become obstinate and they keep pushing for what they want and offer no concessions until they start losing on the ground.".
Call it tradition, obstinance or even a lack of resources, but the plan of action for many in the old guard of upscale dining has been to resist action, to hold tightly to the past.
Hank Williams Jr prides himself on being obstinate, opinionated and politically incorrect.
The opulent and the obstinate stand side-by-side on Coast Boulevard, where these ramshackle residences are the region's oldest surviving examples of late-Victorian beach cottage architecture PAT SHERMAN PHOTOS.
Blindly, obstinately, each day, as though in the end It would relieve her to know the particulars.
Call him arrogant, obstinate and bald, but don't dare accuse Billy Corgan of lacking civic pride.
The path to success in the music business is covered in an array of obstinate obstacles and littered with the remains of those who tried and failed.

In science:

Thus, the obstinate reader could still check the computations below, up to and including Theorem 4.17, by hand.
Formulas for the arithmetic geometric mean of curves of genus 3