American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality or state of being pertinacious: "Again and again ... with the inexorable pertinacity of a child ... did he renew his efforts” ( Nathaniel Hawthorne).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being pertinacious; resoulute or unyieding adherence, as to an opinion, purpose, design, course of action, etc.; persistency; obstinacy; resoluteness: as, to cling with pertinacity to one's purpose.
- n. Synonyms See pertinacious.
- n. The state or characteristic of being pertinacious.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being pertinacious; obstinacy; perseverance; persistency.
- n. persistent determination
“The forward cylinder was depending on that unknown force men call the pertinacity of materials, which now and then balances that other heartbreaking power, the perversity of inanimate things.”
“Certainly, if the confederates of this roving gipsy were so pertinacious in tormenting poor weak Mr. Mompesson, their pertinacity is a most extraordinary instance of what revenge is capable of.”
“Under the seal of confession he had been intrusted with a secret to which in his conversations with me he could make only indirect allusions, to bring me to understand that my pertinacity was a crime, and that the only honourable course was to yield.”
“He stuck to his original proposition with that dogged but convenient pertinacity which is armed against all conviction, and deaf to all reasoning.”
“She had the kind of pertinacity that sever admits being out of depth, the happy buoyancy that does not require to feel the bottom under one's feet.”
“I object to something which is conceited and small-minded; but which also has that kind of pertinacity which always belongs to lunatics.”
“Being an honest man himself, he probably believes in the honesty of his friends, and supports them with a certain pertinacity which is a characteristic quality of his, better perhaps in the conqueror of the South than the President of the nation ....”
“The heavy jaw and square-cut chin demonstrated rugged pertinacity and indomitability.”
“I imagine I had more pertinacity than the average Folk, or else I should not have succeeded.”
“These unknown quantities were pluck, pertinacity, fearlessness, imagination, and cunning; and when they found expression in some consistent and striking action, those about him were astounded.”
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