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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Per·sist v. i. [imp. & p. p. Persisted; p. pr. & vb. n. Persisting.]  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.   --Addison.
 Some positive, persisting fops we know,
 Who, if once wrong, will needs be always so.   --Pope.
 That face persists.
 It floats up; it turns over in my mind.   --Mrs. Browning.
 Syn: -- See Persevere, and Insist.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Per·sist·ing, a. Inclined to persist; tenacious of purpose; persistent. -- Per*sist*ing*ly, adv.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : relentless and indefatigable in pursuit or as if in pursuit;
            "impossible to escape the dogging fears" [syn: dogging]