American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Stubborn and arrogant or aloof. See Synonyms at obstinate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Stubborn; inflexibly obstinate; contumacious: as, a stiff-necked people.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Stubborn; inflexibly obstinate; contumacious.
- adj. haughtily stubborn
“I never liked the expression stiff-necked, but yes, as I conceded to Chloë’s mother in the course of what I now realize had been planned as a goodbye and good-riddance tea, we were an implacable people.”
“And it's just as important that Republicans not be stiff-necked about working across the aisle when important work must be done," Mr. Kasich said.”
“The stiff-necked philosophies of the environmental and energy lobbies have killed most of the US”
“We have also seen how a people can be deserving of a type of leader such as dictator due their own characteristics, and as in the case of Moses and his people, how a good leader can be the head of a stubborn, stiff-necked and uncooperative mass.”
“When a small company leveraged technology and brains to disrupt a business model or a cultural tradition, the world saw it as attractive and exciting and viewed competitors as stiff-necked bullies trying to preserve their power.”
“Just like the text by Itard on which it is based, Truffaut's film expresses both the romanticism of Victor's impassioned longing for the woods and the moon, and also the clinical compassion with which his stiff-necked, reserved teacher offers him the values of civilisation.”
“Once a stiff-necked practitioner who mocked and challenged authorities, an imprisoned Kevorkian promised in affidavits and requests for release that he would not assist suicides if he were released.”
“It's a long introduction designed to establish my credibility: that I have no reason to promote religion or, since I'm Jewish, the Christian religion in particular, when I say that the atheists who pushed the Nativity scenes from the park showed the very same stiff-necked intolerance that they accuse religions of.”
“Their backs stiffly arched, their butts held tight, they strutted, bowed, and twirled their canes in a blatant parody of the way tight-assed, stiff-necked White folks moved.”
“Mr. Fang was a lean, long-backed, stiff-necked, middle-sized man, with no great quality of hair, and what he had, growing on the back and sides of his head.”
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