wilful

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj wilful habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition
    • adj wilful done by design "the insult was intentional","willful disobedience"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wilful See Willful Willfully, and Willfulness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wilful Willing; ready; eager; keen.
    • wilful Due to one's own will; spontaneous; voluntary; deliberate; intentional: as, wilful murder; wilful waste.
    • wilful Obstinate and unreasonable; not to be moved from one's notions, inclinations, purposes, or the like, by counsel, advice, commands, or instructions; obstinate; stubborn; refractory; wayward; inflexible: as, a wilful man; a wilful horse.
    • wilful Synonyms Untoward, Contrary, etc. (see wayward), self-willed, mulish, intractable, headstrong, unruly, heady.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Wilful governed only by one's will: done or suffered by design: obstinate:
    • adj Wilful (Shak.) willing
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. willa, will—willan, wyllan, to wish; Goth. wiljan, Ger. wollen, L. velle.

Usage

In literature:

According to the laws of Draco, Solon, &c., a conviction of wilful poverty was punished with the loss of life.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
But now Emma seemed wilfully bent upon maintaining a mysterious silence.
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
Never had Angus spoken so before, and the wilful spirit of his wife rebelled.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
You told me once that I would bring disaster upon myself by my obstinate wilfulness.
"The Carved Cupboard" by Amy Le Feuvre
I must add that there is not a spark of party feeling against those who wilfully remain outside.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
If you wilfully wear your stocking in this fashion, no good will come of it.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
She was not wilful; she was not obstinate; she gave him affection.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
It will be necessary therefore somewhat wilfully to exaggerate an analogy in order to see how Germans may feel.
"The Better Germany in War Time" by Harold Picton
Not that the law was not forgotten sometimes, or even wilfully broken in times of strong temptation.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
It was against the rule, but for once the law-abiding Peggy was wilfully breaking the rule.
"Peggy" by Laura E. Richards
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In poetry:

"For now am I weppynlesse," seid Robyne,
"Alasse, agayn my wylle;
But if I may fle these traytors fro,
I wot thei wil me kylle."
"Robin Hood And The Monk" by Andrew Lang
"I pray God thanke yow," seid Litulle Johne,
"And we wil when we may;
We wil go with yow, with your leve,
And brynge yow on your way.
"Robin Hood And The Monk" by Andrew Lang
An tho' in this world they've ther fill
Of its pleasures, an wilfully blinded,
Let deeath come--an surely it will--
They'll be then ov ther duties reminded.
"Ther's Much Expected" by John Hartley
Because of thee immortal Love hath died:
Because thy wilful heart will not believe,
Thy hands and mine a thorny crown must weave,
And build a cross for Love the crucified.
"The Crucifixion of Eros" by Clark Ashton Smith
For I wish that you might stay
As you were just yesterday,
Dancing down the paths of May
In your wilful, witching way—
Then you might not deem it bold
Just to love me as of old.
"To A Little Girl Of Yesterday" by Robert Van Carr
Perhappes hee wil, to win the best,
paint forth what pangs oppresse his minde.
How that hee feeles no quiet rest:
how fortune is to him vnkind:
And how hee pines in secreet griefe,
and findes no meanes for his reliefe.
"A dolefull Dumpe" by Humfrey Gifford

In news:

On Thursday, Jerry O'Connell, Corey Feldman and Wil Wheaton -- the three remaining principal stars of Stand by Me -- reunited at the Falcon Theater in Toluca Lake, Calif.
Sets by Dr Lonnie Smith and Wil Blades/Billy Martin reviewed.
Phoenix senior tennis player Wil Cochrane made good on his second chance, and he made history in the process.
Anniversary screenings of "E. T. The Extra- Terrestrial " wil play in selected theaters on Wednesday.
Skyrocketing more than 50 percent in one year to more than 1,200 members, the word is out about the career-boosting benefits of AH&LA's Women In Lodging (WIL) Connect.
It's not even 10 am and so far my phone was disconnected, a credit card co has called and my electric wil be turned off on 11/15 unless I come up with $215.
Former Yankee Wil Nieves Joins the 'I Was Traded for $1' Club.
William Shatner and Wil Wheaton Narrate Mars Rover Curiosity's Landing.
As we informed you in our SPOILERS, our players this week for the Veto competition was Shane, Joe and Ashley, Danielle, Wil and Frank.
Black Violin , the dynamic duo that includes violinists Kev and Wil B, astounds audiences with a funky fusion of classical, jazz, hip-hop, and R&B.
And then one of Wil B's college professors turned him on to African American jazz violinist Stuff Smith, whose legacy included a 1965 album titled Black Violin .
The Wil-Mar Neighborhood Association is putting on a great party (and fundraiser) this weekend in Madison.
This school year, the Rocklin Unified School District wil.
Fall River Mayor Wil Flanagan would like to see the New England Revolution soccer team play their home games in Fall River.
Watch Wil Wheaton on TV.
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In science:

The action of the metric on a pair of generalized vector fields wil l be denoted by ˆG(Ξ, H ) and hΞ, H i, equivalently.
Nonlinear distributional geometry and general relativity
We wil l cal l l the length of the braid word.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
The action of the metric on a pair of generalized vector fields wil l be denoted by ˆg (ξ , η) and hξ , ηi, equivalently.
Generalized pseudo-Riemannian geometry
We have NM +2n = Φ− + Φ0 + Φ+ , and the positive roots wil l be associated to T ab (u) with (a, b) ∈ Φ+ .
Twisted superYangians and their representations
If µ(u) is the highest weight of v , we wil l use the notation V [µ(u)] for V .
Twisted superYangians and their representations
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