[ US /ˈɑbstənət/ ]
[ UK /ˈɒbstɪnˌe‍ɪt/ ]
  1. stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
  2. tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
  3. resistant to guidance or discipline
    a perverse mood
    Mary Mary quite contrary
    wayward behavior
    an obstinate child with a violent temper
  1. persist stubbornly
    he obstinates himself against all rational arguments
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How To Use obstinate In A Sentence

  • Just look at that, now; you too are getting obstinate and huffish. The Comedies of Terence Literally Translated into English Prose, with Notes
  • To remove a conviction so generally adopted, Quentin easily saw was impossible — nay, that any attempt to undeceive men so obstinately prepossessed in their belief, would be attended with personal risk, which, in this case, he saw little use of incurring. Quentin Durward
  • Her motherlessness plays no small role in this; her obstinate self-sufficiency evidently compensates for her father's meekness and her mother's absence.
  • Enzymes, bacteria, acids and other strange brews have been offered as magic bullets for obstinate algae.
  • They are generally so refractory, self-conceited, obstinate, so firmly addicted to that religion in which they have been bred and brought up, that no persuasion, no terror, no persecution, can divert them. Anatomy of Melancholy
  • Briefly, in this man of culture and refinement, in whose own mysterious life one might perhaps have found various crimes but not a single act of base improbity, one could divine an implacable, obstinate theoretician, who was resolved to set the world ablaze for the triumph of his ideas. The Three Cities Trilogy: Paris, Complete
  • Obstinate impenitence is the grossest self-murder. Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)
  • The clamor of controversy sometimes provoked the emperor to exclaim, “Hear me! the Franks have heard me, and the Alemanni;” but he soon discovered that he was now engaged with more obstinate and implacable enemies; and though he exerted the powers of oratory to persuade them to live in concord, or at least in peace, he was perfectly satisfied, before he dismissed them from his presence, that he had nothing to dread from the union of the Christians. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Big (sometimes a foot across) and obstinately colorful (some are orange, some are purple; no one knows why), the sea star is usually found in a rockfissure sprawled like a discarded toy.
  • benignity" of his expression, and how in him it seemed that "great strength of character and obstinate determination were united with extreme gentleness of disposition and with absolute tenderness towards all about him. Abraham Lincoln
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