noun, plural re·frac·to·ries.
Origin of refractory
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Examples from the Web for refractoriness
Historical Examples of refractoriness
The great Potter is not to be blamed because of the refractoriness of the clay.The Potter and the Clay
Arthur F. Winnington Ingram
He is willing to hope you to be all obedience, and would prevent all incitements to refractoriness.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
This was all he had to offer to the Father in expiation of his contumely and refractoriness, his errors and his falls.The Cathedral
Since all resistance is useless, I lay down my arms although after relapses into refractoriness.Legends
And he only gave way after Bartek's refractoriness also had been softened by unusual eloquence on Porankiewicz's part.More Tales by Polish Authors
noun plural -ries
Word Origin for refractory
"stubborn, obstinate, perverse," 1610s (earlier refractorious, 1550s, refractary, c.1600), from Latin refractarius "obstinate, stubborn," from past participle stem of refringere (see refraction). Related: Refractorily; refractoriness.