Origin of recalcitrant
Examples from the Web for recalcitrant
The first hint of the double-toilet-style operations issues came as the recalcitrant fifth Olympic ring refused to open.Sochi’s Impenetrable, Utterly Russian Opening Ceremony|Kelly Williams Brown|February 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The issue of the recalcitrant National Guards is being worked at very high levels,” he said.States Seek to Turn Back Clock on Military Gay Couples With Marriage Rights|Hanqing Chen|November 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
These willfully ignorant, recalcitrant obstructionists are doing the country a tremendous service.Red States Respond To Obamacare With Angry Tea-Party Denial|Joe McLean|March 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Shame and ostracism are not guaranteed to be effective; like the recalcitrant husband, Israel may indeed dig in.
But in terms of the power equation, Israel is the recalcitrant husband and the Palestinian people, the agunah.
Towards the Great Horde he was both respectful and recalcitrant.The Story of Moscow|Wirt Gerrare
The headmen of the village communities in Russia freely apply the lash to recalcitrant defaulters.The Inhabitants of the Philippines|Frederic H. Sawyer
The most recalcitrant subjects with whom Pichou had to deal in all these matters were the team of Ovide Boulianne.The Ruling Passion|Henry van Dyke
This nascent opinion has begun to operate by shaming unscrupulous and recalcitrant employers into better practices.An Essay On The American Contribution And The Democratic Idea|Winston Churchill
His very manner engaged the most sulky and the most recalcitrant of witnesses.The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 1 of 2|Edward Tyas Cook
British Dictionary definitions for recalcitrant
Word Origin for recalcitrant
Word Origin and History for recalcitrant
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.