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Monday, July 05, 2004

Definitions for refractory

  1. Stubbornly disobedient; unmanageable.
  2. Resisting ordinary treatment or cure.
  3. Difficult to melt or work; capable of enduring high temperature.

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Citations for refractory
It's a head shot of Lucien Bouchard peering out of the dark, openmouthed, teeth showing, eyes glittering and appearing not to have shaved in a week. In another age, the shot might have been held up to a refractory kid with the warning, "The boogeyman will get you if you don't watch out." George Bain, Time
And even those most refractory infections of all, those caused by viruses--formerly dismissed as untreatable because viruses disappeared into the inner labyrinths of the living cells, merging into the very genomes--were becoming amenable to early treatments. Frank Ryan M.D., Virus X
Origin of refractory
1600-1610
Refractory comes from Latin refractarius, "stubborn," from refragari, "to oppose, to withstand, to thwart."