She spelled “recalcitrance,” then “pernicious,” and after a halfhearted debate it was obvious that none of the three had a clue.
Thus the Iranian recalcitrance, and the ensuing cycle of both sides demanding major concessions before offering any reciprocity.
"They are not changing their mind," Ryan said, referring to Iranian leaders' recalcitrance to curb their program.
The memorandum testifies to the strength of Bruce's hold on the country, and to the recalcitrance of Edward's barons.
The day of the Upcott visit came, and, in spite of all recalcitrance, Roger was made to mount the motor beside his wife.
I have no doubt that this recalcitrance to the crime-novel is a culpa, if not a culpa maxima.
His recalcitrance—she said—was a symptom of his whole attitude; he was taking it lying down.
I think Oswald justified it by means of his recalcitrance, kind of a reverse self-esteem.
1823, from French récalcitrant, literally "kicking back" (17c.-18c.), past participle of recalcitrare "to kick back; be inaccessible," from re- "back" (see re-) + Latin calcitrare "to kick," from calx (genitive calcis) "heel." Used from 1797 as a French word in English.