Monday, December 22, 2003
pertinacious adjective [puhr-tin-AY-shuhs] Holding or adhering obstinately to any opinion, purpose, or design.
Definitions for pertinacious
- Holding or adhering obstinately to any opinion, purpose, or design.
- Stubbornly or perversely persistent.
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Citations for pertinacious
When he made up his little [mind] to have or to do anything, all the king's horses and all the king's men could not change that pertinacious little mind.
We were presently attacked by tens of thousands of the most bloodthirsty, pertinacious, and huge mosquitoes that I ever saw or read of.
Origin of pertinacious
Pertinacious is from Latin pertinax, "having a firm hold, obstinate," from per-, "thoroughly" + tenax, "holding fast, tenacious," from tenere, "to hold."