• WordNet 3.6
    • v persist be persistent, refuse to stop "he persisted to call me every night","The child persisted and kept asking questions"
    • v persist continue to exist "These stories die hard","The legend of Elvis endures"
    • v persist stay behind "The smell stayed in the room","The hostility remained long after they made up"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest hiccups on record was by an American pig farmer whose hiccups persisted from 1922 to 1987
    • v. i Persist To stand firm; to be fixed and unmoved; to stay; to continue steadfastly; especially, to continue fixed in a course of conduct against opposing motives; to persevere; -- sometimes conveying an unfavorable notion, as of doggedness or obstinacy. "If they persist in pointing their batteries against particular persons, no laws of war forbid the making reprisals.""Some positive, persisting fops we know,
      Who, if once wrong, will needs be always so."
      "That face persists .
      It floats up; it turns over in my mind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The correct name for the capital city of Thailand is rung Thep, and it's been this way for over 130 years. Foreigners persist on calling it Bangkok.
    • persist To continue steadily and firmly in some state, course of action, or pursuit, especially in spite of opposition, remonstrance, etc.; persevere, especially with some degree of obstinacy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Persist per-sist′ to stand throughout to something begun: to continue in any course, esp. against opposition: to persevere
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  • Johnson
    “No one will persist long in helping someone who will not help themselves.”
  • Frank Moore Colby
    “We always carry out by committee anything in which any one of us alone would be too reasonable to persist.”
  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    “The brave and bold persist even against fortune; the timid and cowardly rush to despair though fear alone.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Failure is the path of least persistence”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “There is no faculty of the human soul so persistent and universal as that of hatred.”
  • Edward Eggleston
    Edward Eggleston
    “Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. persistere,; per + sistere, to stand or be fixed, fr. stare, to stand: cf. F. persister,. See Per-, and Stand
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. persistĕreper, through, sistĕre, to cause to stand—stāre, to stand.


In literature:

Within the prescribed time a snore, not loud nor disagreeable, but gentle and persistent, rose on the night air.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
For two weeks, amid the wretched scene, hideous by night as by day, I persisted in existing.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
Yet in spite of all this the infatuated king persisted in going.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Bougainville persisted, and at last he was obliged to fix the length of his stay.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
It persisted when she was gone.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
For work did not abolish, did not even lull the sound of the voice that pursued Maurice with an inexorable persistence.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Jacques did not persist.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
The man was persistent, her strength at the moment small; there was only her pride to carry her through.
"A Sheaf of Corn" by Mary E. Mann
Persistence of the leaf varies with the species and with the individual tree.
"The Genus Pinus" by George Russell Shaw
The amusing thing is the persistence in the claim when the type has passed away.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous

In poetry:

You who can not wear yourselves out
By persisting to successes,
You who can only speak,
Who can not steel yourselves into reiteration;
"The Rest" by Ezra Pound
And, as 'twere useless longer
To persist,
He sighed, and sought the entry
Ere I wist,
And retreated, disappearing soundless in the mist.
"The Re-Enactment" by Thomas Hardy
Dies now the gay persistence
Of song and laugh, in distance;
Alone with me remaining
The stream, the quiet meadow,
The hills in shine and shadow,
The sombre pines complaining.
"Voyage of the Jettie" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Advances after that were vain,
She treated me with cold disdain.
And still I tried with strongest will,
But she remained persistent still.
Ah! Imogene, had I but known,
We'd then had little need to mourn.
"Imogene" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
Yet hope remains! A path retraced
Is nobler than persistent wrong;
A fault confessed is half effaced;
That land alone can be disgraced
Which is not just, however strong,
Toward those to whom its "spoils" belong.
"Fallen" by John Lawson Stoddard
We are like music, each voice of it pursuing
A golden separate dream, remote, persistent,
Climbing to fire, receding to hoarse despair.
What do you whisper, brother? What do you tell me? . . .
We pass each other, are lost, and do not care.
"The House Of Dust: Part 03: 08:" by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

The case studies in this issue celebrate the rewards of planning and persistent follow-through.
Last May Asanta has a persistent cough.
American Geriatrics Society Panel on Pharmacological Management of Persistent Pain in Older Persons.
But that persistent tummy fat didn't want to budge.
Their numbers are not tremendously huge in the US, but people from the Caribbean — through talent, persistence and sometimes fate — have a knack for making the spotlight in American society.
The Hatch Act and persistent reminders about the Hatch Act have virtually prevented me from discussing or offering my opinion about the candidates, even outside the workplace.
You persist in calling George Bush the 41st President of the United States, perhaps because you confuse a President with an administration.
Given her persistent case of hiccups , talking is out of the question, so she gets down to the business of living without speaking.
The rumors persist that the old Line Camp building in Pojoaque is haunted.
Drought conditions persist in Story County and Iowa.
Severe drought conditions persist in Nebraska and Iowa.
Racial Disparities Persist in Mortgage Industry, Report Finds.
Opposing views persist in Ohio after healthcare ruling.
Gender gaps still persist in STEM subjects.
ArcelorMittal Looks Abroad as Hurdles Persist in India.

In science:

EXt for all t which is denoted by ρ, and such that Xt converges in distribution as t → ∞ towards an equilibrium state which also has the same intensity ρ, i.e., the system is persistent.
Occupation Time Fluctuations in Branching Systems
The perturbative truncation persists in all of the toroidal compactifications and in every dimension.
On the finiteness of N=8 quantum supergravity
We relate the computation of average correlation functions to a problem of persistence in the RG flow. I.
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
Thus, the probability to have maxima at 0, x scales as the return probability of a random walk required to persist below 0.
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
The behavior of the average correlation function is again related to problems of persistence in nonequilibrium systems.
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points