Stub·born a. Firm as a stub or stump; stiff; unbending; unyielding; persistent; hence, unreasonably obstinate in will or opinion; not yielding to reason or persuasion; refractory; harsh; -- said of persons and things; as, stubborn wills; stubborn ore; a stubborn oak; as stubborn as a mule. “Bow, stubborn knees.” --Shak. “Stubborn attention and more than common application.” --Locke. “Stubborn Stoics.” --Swift.
And I was young and full of ragerie [wantonness]
Stubborn and strong, and jolly as a pie. --Chaucer.
These heretics be so stiff and stubborn. --Sir T. More.
Your stubborn usage of the pope. --Shak.
Syn: -- Obstinate; inflexible; obdurate; headstrong; stiff; hardy; firm; refractory; intractable; rugged; contumacious; heady.
Usage: Stubborn, Obstinate. Obstinate is used of either active or passive persistence in one's views or conduct, in spite of the wishes of others. Stubborn describes an extreme degree of passive obstinacy.
-- Stub*born*ly, adv. -- Stub*born*ness, n.
adj 1: tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness
to yield [ant: docile]
2: not responding to treatment; "a stubborn infection"; "a
refractory case of acne" [syn: refractory]
3: difficult to treat or deal with; "stubborn rust stains"; "a
stubborn case of acne"
4: persisting in a reactionary stand [syn: obstinate, unregenerate]