Obstinacy

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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]
References in classic literature ?
All Stoniton had heard of Dinah Morris, the young Methodist woman who had brought the obstinate criminal to confess, and there was as much eagerness to see her as to see the wretched Hetty.
He was passionate though silent, obstinate, and a good deal suspicious of strangers; of immovable courage, in flexible honesty, and undeviating in his friendships.
If a woman may ever be said to be in safety from the determined Perseverance of disagreeable Lovers and the cruel Persecutions of obstinate Fathers, surely it must be at such a time of Life.
Ah, well--" It was their old interminable argument as to the obstinate unwillingness of the "clever people" to frequent the fashionable, and both men knew that there was no use in prolonging it.
I did not think you had been so obstinate, Catherine," said James; "you were not used to be so hard to persuade; you once were the kindest, best-tempered of my sisters.
She realized that if she said a word about his not going to the battle (she knew he enjoyed the thought of the impending engagement) he would say something about men, honor, and the fatherland- something senseless, masculine, and obstinate which there would be no contradicting, and her plans would be spoiled; and so, hoping to arrange to leave before then and take Petya with her as their protector and defender, she did not answer him, but after dinner called the count aside and implored him with tears to take her away quickly, that very night if possible.
Obstinate one, you saw the look on your husband's face as he left you.
remarked Tip, with a shudder at the thought of Mombi's black kettle; "and obstinate, too.
Francine (as her straight chin proclaimed to all students of physiognomy) was an obstinate girl.
The Horse chose his earliest years and gave them his own attributes: hence every man is in his youth impetuous, headstrong, and obstinate in maintaining his own opinion.
But I was, as usual, too obstinate to own myself defeated.
My uncle tells me I am obstinate and wrong in refusing to give Anne up.