Synonyms for persistent
pərˈsɪs tənt, -ˈzɪs-per·sis·tent
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English Synonyms and Antonyms3.2 / 5 votes
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, obstinate, opinionated, pertinacious, refractory, resolute, resolved, stubborn, unconquerable, unflinching, unyielding
Princeton's WordNet5.0 / 1 vote
persistent, relentless, unrelentingadjective
"the relentless beat of the drums"
continually recurring to the mind
"haunting memories"; "the cathedral organ and the distant voices have a haunting beauty"- Claudia Cassidy
retained; not shed
"persistent leaves remain attached past maturity"; "the persistent gills of fishes"
dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, tenacious, unyieldingadjective
"dogged persistence"; "dour determination"; "the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics"; "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot; "men tenacious of opinion"
saturnine, relentless, sullen, grim, long, sour, morose, haunting, retentive, dark, unyielding, moody, tenacious, recollective, dour, coherent, lasting, pertinacious, dogged, glowering, forbidding, unrelenting, glum
Dictionary of English Synonymes3.0 / 1 vote
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I was attacked yesterday morning by a very rarely seen or experienced animal called 'chupacabra.' I fought with it for hours. They're very persistent, very mean. And I'm pretty sure it came into my suitcase. I threw him off the 23rd floor. So we'll never see him again. Thank you for understanding.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
They still have time to pass that bill, there's still clearly a persistent, urgent need to do that.
The number one reason people are leaving is the persistent pressure to 'BankofAmericanize' Merrill brokers.
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- anhaltend, hartnäckig, ständig, beharrlich, ausdauerndGerman
- tenace, persistantFrench
- leanailteach, leanmhainneachScottish Gaelic
- נשנה, עקשן, מתמידHebrew
- 頑固, 不屈, 執拗, 持続性, 固執, しつこい, 長引く, いつまでも続くJapanese
- بهردهوام بوونKurdish
- commorantibus infestiorLatin
- pakepake, aumou, niwaniwa, nganaMāori
- aanhoudend, volhardend, hardnekkigDutch
- nieustanny, uporczywy, trwały, bezustanny, ciągłyPolish
- неотступный, устойчивый, стойкий, упорный, настойчивый, постоянныйRussian
- ȕpōran, у̏по̄ранSerbo-Croatian
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