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.
Per·sist·ing, a. Inclined to persist; tenacious of purpose; persistent. -- Per*sist*ing*ly, adv.
adj : relentless and indefatigable in pursuit or as if in pursuit;
"impossible to escape the dogging fears" [syn: dogging]