pertinacious

  • 1 Pertinacious — Per ti*na cious, a. [L. pertinax, acis; per + tenax tenacious. See {Per }, and {Tenacious}.] 1. Holding or adhering to any opinion, purpose, or design, with obstinacy; perversely persistent; obstinate; as, pertinacious plotters; a pertinacious… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 pertinacious — I adjective adamant, adhering to a purpose, assidous, bent, bullheaded, certain, continuing, decided, determined, diligent, dogged, earnest, enduring, exhibiting purpose, faithful, firm, hard to get rid of, headstrong, holding to a purpose,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 pertinacious — 1620s, from L. pertinaci , stem of pertinax (see PERTINACITY (Cf. pertinacity)). Related: Pertinaciously …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 pertinacious — *obstinate, stubborn, dogged, mulish, stiff necked, pigheaded, bullheaded Analogous words: tenacious, tough, stout, sturdy, *strong: persistent, persevering (see corresponding verbs at PERSEVERE): resolute, steadfast, staunch (see FAITHFUL):… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 pertinacious — ► ADJECTIVE formal ▪ stubborn; persistent. DERIVATIVES pertinaciously adverb pertinacity noun. ORIGIN from Latin pertinax holding fast …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 pertinacious — [pʉrt΄ n ā′shəs] adj. [< L pertinax (gen. pertinacis), firm < per , intens. + tenax, holding fast < tenere, to hold: see THIN] 1. holding firmly to some purpose, belief, or action, often stubbornly or obstinately 2. hard to get rid of;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 pertinacious — pertinaciously, adv. pertinaciousness, n. /perr tn ay sheuhs/, adj. 1. holding tenaciously to a purpose, course of action, or opinion; resolute. 2. stubborn or obstinate. 3. extremely or objectionably persistent: a pertinacious salesman from whom …

    Universalium

  • 8 pertinacious — [[t]pɜ͟ː(r)tɪne͟ɪʃəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is pertinacious continues trying to do something difficult rather than giving up quickly. [FORMAL] Syn: persistent, tenacious …

    English dictionary

  • 9 pertinacious — adjective, formal they were quite pertinacious in their demands Syn: determined, tenacious, persistent, persevering, purposeful, resolute, dogged, indefatigable, insistent, single minded, unrelenting, relentless, tireless, unshakable; stubborn …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 10 pertinacious — /pɜtəˈneɪʃəs / (say pertuh nayshuhs) adjective 1. holding tenaciously to a purpose, course of action, or opinion. 2. extremely persistent: pertinacious efforts. {Latin pertinācia stubbornness + ous} –pertinaciously, adverb –pertinaciousness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 11 pertinacious — adjective Etymology: Latin pertinac , pertinax, from per thoroughly + tenac , tenax tenacious, from tenēre Date: 1626 1. a. adhering resolutely to an opinion, purpose, or design b. perversely persistent 2. stubbornly unyielding or tenacious… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 pertinacious — adjective /pɝ tn̩ˈeɪʃəs/ a) Holding tenaciously to an opinion or purpose. b) Stubbornly resolute or tenacious. See Also: pertinaciousness, pertinacity …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 pertinacious — Synonyms and related words: assiduous, balking, balky, bigoted, bulldogged, bulldoggish, bulletheaded, bullheaded, case hardened, clamant, clamorous, constant, continuing, crying, demanding, diligent, dogged, dogmatic, draining, enduring,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 14 pertinacious — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. persevering, persistent; obstinate, unyielding, constant, resolute, firm. See resolution. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Resolute] Syn. determined, attentive, tenacious; see resolute 2 . 2. [Obstinate]… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 pertinacious — per|ti|na|cious [ˌpə:tıˈneıʃəs US ˌpə:r ] adj formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: pertinax, from tenax; TENACIOUS] continuing to believe something or to do something in a very determined way = ↑tenacious >pertinaciously adv… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 pertinacious — per|ti|na|cious [ ,pɜrtı neıʃəs ] adjective FORMAL determined to continue doing something ╾ per|ti|nac|i|ty [ ,pɜrtı næsəti ] noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 pertinacious —  . Persistent …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 18 pertinacious — adj. stubborn, steadfast, tenacious, obstinateper·ti·na·cious || ‚pÉœrtɪ neɪʃəs /‚pɜːtɪ …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 19 pertinacious — [ˌpə:tɪ neɪʃəs] adjective formal stubborn; persistent. Derivatives pertinaciously adverb pertinaciousness noun pertinacity noun Origin C17: from L. pertinax, pertinac holding fast + ous …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 pertinacious — a. 1. Constant, steady, firm, determined, resolute, steadfast, stanch. 2. Stubborn, obstinate, dogged, wilful, mulish, unyielding, intractable, headstrong, perverse, wayward, inflexible …

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