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Obstinacy

Obtuseness (See DIMWITTEDNESS.)
Oddness (See ECCENTRICITY.)
Oldness (See AGE, OLD.)
Balmawhapple
bullheaded, blundering Scotch laird. [Br. Lit.: Waverley]
Deans, Davie
stern and righteous Presbyterian. [Br. Lit.: The Heart of Midlothian]
Gradgrind, Thomas
rigid “man of realities.” [Br. Lit.: Hard Times]
Grant, Ulysses S.
(1822–1885) 18th U.S. president; nicknamed “Unconditional Surrender.” [Am. Hist.: Kane, 523]
Jorkins
intractable, unyielding lawyer. [Br. Lit.: David Copperfield]
Mistress Mary
known for being “quite contrary.” [Nurs. Rhyme: Baring-Gould, 31]
mule
symbol of obstinacy: “stubborn as a mule.” [Folklore: Jobes, 462]
Pharaoh
refuses to heed Moses’s mandate from God. [O.T.: Exodus 7:13, 22–23, 8:32, 9:7, 12]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The van der Luydens had rescued Madame Olenska from a doom almost as icy; and though there were many other reasons for being attracted to her, Archer knew that beneath them all lay the gentle and obstinate determination to go on rescuing her.
"I am quite obstinate myself," returned the Sorceress, with a sweet smile.
The most beautiful girl in the school was not an object of interest to a young lady with an obstinate chin and unfortunately-placed eyes.
"By going with you, to be sure, you obstinate hussy!
On the other hand, when the sedition had proceeded from causes which had inflamed the resentments of the major party, they might often be found obstinate and inexorable, when policy demanded a conduct of forbearance and clemency.
Hence, though an obstinate fight may be made by a small force, in the end it must be captured by the larger force.
For Heaven's sake don't be obstinate, for when others are obstinate I am obstinate likewise, and then I become ferocious and headstrong, and there's my friend, who is even more headstrong and ferocious than myself.
'Never was an obstinate person yet, who would own to the word!' remarked Miss Potterson, rubbing her vexed nose; 'I'm sure I would, if I was obstinate; but I am a pepperer, which is different.
"What, are you still so obstinate?" exclaimed the grand-vizir.
Our soldiers had recourse to their muskets, and four of them putting the mouths of their pieces to the heads of some of the most obstinate and turbulent, struck them with such a terror, that all the clamour was stilled in an instant; none received any hurt but the Moor who had been the occasion of the tumult.
WORLD No.1 Naomi Osaka did not have the easiest start to her Nature Valley Classic campaign, needing three sets to overcome an obstinate Maria Sakkari 6-1 4-6 6-3 at the Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham.
MANAMA: Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa has criticised Qatari stances over the past two years, describing them as "stubborn, obstinate and mindless".