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dogged1

[daw-gid, dog-id]
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adjective
  1. persistent in effort; stubbornly tenacious: a dogged worker.
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Origin of dogged1

1275–1325; Middle English: having characteristics of a dog; see dog, -ed3
Related formsdog·ged·ly, adverbdog·ged·ness, noun

Synonyms

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mulish, inflexible, unyielding. See stubborn.
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  • "It was as good as suicide," insisted the General, with doggedness.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • And yet, somehow, the British doggedness does not always answer.

    The Christmas Books

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • The sinister look in the eyes, the doggedness of the face did not change.

  • “I want to do it,” replied Miss Ramsbotham, a note of doggedness in her voice.

    Tommy and Co.

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • He was then so near home that the impulse of doggedness kept him on foot.

    The Dust Flower

    Basil King


British Dictionary definitions for doggedness

dogged

adjective
  1. obstinately determined; wilful or tenacious
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Derived Formsdoggedly, adverbdoggedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for doggedness

dogged

adj.

"having the qualities of a dog" (mostly in a negative sense), c.1300, from dog (n.). Meaning "persistent" is from 1779. Hence doggedly (late 14c.), "cruelly, maliciously;" later "with a dog's persistence" (1773). Related: Doggedness.

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