Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a refractory manner; perversely; obstinately, Imp. Diet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a refractory manner; perversely; obstinately.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a refractory manner.

Etymologies

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refractory +‎ -ly

Examples

  • So when molten iron is poured into an ordinary sand mould, which has been faced with this refractorily carbonized fabric, it wets every portion of it, tending to absorb the carbon, and doubtless would do so if it remained fluid long enough, but as the metal cools almost immediately, there is no appreciable destruction of the fibers.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 601, July 9, 1887

  • When the predatory habit of life has been settled upon the group by long habituation, it becomes the able-bodied man's accredited office in the social economy to kill, to destroy such competitors in the struggle for existence as attempt to resist or elude him, to overcome and reduce to subservience those alien forces that assert themselves refractorily in the environment.

    The theory of the leisure class; an economic study of institutions

  • When the predatory habit of life has been settled upon the group by long habituation, it becomes the able-bodied man's accredited office in the social economy to kill, to destroy such competitors in the struggle for existence as attempt to resist or elude him, to overcome and reduce to subservience those alien forces that assert themselves refractorily in the environment.

    Theory of the Leisure Class

  • To err and to be a heretic are two things; I am no heretic, because I will not stand refractorily to defend any one thing that is contrary to the Word.

    Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

  • To err and to be a heretic are two things; I am no heretic, because I will not stand refractorily to defend any one thing that is contrary to the Word.

    Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

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