stubborn, obstinate, unregenerate(adj)
tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
cussed, obdurate, obstinate, unrepentant(adj)
stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
contrary, obstinate, perverse, wayward(verb)
resistant to guidance or discipline
"Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior"
"he obstinates himself against all rational arguments"
Stubbornly adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course, usually with implied unreasonableness; persistent.
Said of inanimate things not easily subdued or removed.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
The headstrong person is not to be stopped in his own course of action, while the obstinate and stubborn is not to be driven to another's way. The headstrong act; the obstinate and stubborn may simply refuse to stir. The most amiable person may be obstinate on some one point; the stubborn person is for the most part habitually so; we speak of obstinate determination, stubborn resistance. Stubborn is the term most frequently applied to the lower animals and inanimate things. Refractory implies more activity of resistance; the stubborn horse balks; the refractory animal plunges, rears, and kicks; metals that resist ordinary processes of reduction are termed refractory. One is obdurate who adheres to his purpose in spite of appeals that would move any tender-hearted or right-minded person. Contumacious refers to a proud and insolent defiance of authority, as of the summons of a court. Pertinacious demand is contrasted with obstinate refusal. The unyielding conduct which we approve we call decided, firm, inflexible, resolute; that which we condemn we are apt to term headstrong, obstinate, stubborn. Compare PERVERSE.
contumacious, decided, determined, dogged, firm, fixed, headstrong, heady, immovable, indomitable, inflexible, intractable, mulish, obdurate, opinionated, persistent, pertinacious, refractory, resolute, resolved, stubborn, unconquerable, unflinching, unyielding
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How to use obstinate in a sentence?
There is nothing more likely to drive a person mad than...an obstinate, constitutional preference of the true to the agreeable.
You can’t just keep tying the hands of people that are trying help out by just being obstinate about it, we’ve got to find our balance; we’ve gotta say, you know, ‘When does compassion kick in,’ more than ‘Not in my backyard.’ Because, baby, it is in your backyard. It’s on your riding trails. It’s on Fairview Park. We’ve got homeless everywhere.
True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.
Obstinate silence implies either a mean opinion of ourselves, or a contempt for our company; and it is the more provoking, as others do not know to which of these causes to attribute it?whether humility or pride.
Leading the Jewish people is not easy-we are a divided, obstinate, highly individualistic people who have cultivated faith, sharp-wittedness and polemics to a very high level.
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- obstinatCatalan, Valencian
- jästipäinen, jääräpäinen, sitkeäFinnish
- rag-mhuinealach, ragScottish Gaelic
- makacs, önfejű, csökönyös, konok, hajthatatlanHungarian
- pertinace, ostinatoItalian
- duræ cervicisLatin
- whakatuturi, whātuturi, whakatōkeke, pake, makiki, mōtoheMāori
- тврдоглав, упорен, инаетлив, своеглавMacedonian
- obstinaat, koppig, hardnekkigDutch
- obstinado, pertinaz, persistentePortuguese
- încăpățânat, persistent, obstinatRomanian
- упрямый, строптивыйRussian
- uporan, tvrdoglavSerbo-Croatian
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