pertinacious was our Word of the Day on 11/18/2012. Hear the podcast!
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Examples of pertinacious in a Sentence
a pertinacious little boy who was determined to catch and collect reptiles
a pertinacious salesman who would simply not take “No!” for an answer
Recent Examples of pertinacious from the Web
Barletta’s pertinacious reputation on immigration, from his time as mayor of Hazleton to his four terms in the U.S. House, is at center stage this year in his campaign to defeat Sen. Bob Casey’s bid for a third term.
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Did You Know?
If you say "pertinacious" out loud, it might sound familiar. That may be because if you take away the word's first syllable, you're left with something very similar to the word tenacious, which means "tending to adhere or cling." The similarity between "pertinacious" and "tenacious" isn't mere coincidence; both words derive from "tenax," the Latin word for "tenacious," and ultimately from the verb tenēre, meaning "to hold." Another descendant of "tenēre" is "tenure," a word that is typically used of the right to hold a job (especially a teaching position) for as long as desired.
adamant, bullheaded, dogged, hard, hard-nosed, hardened, hardheaded, headstrong, immovable, implacable, inconvincible, inflexible, intransigent, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, opinionated, ossified, pat, perverse, pigheaded, self-opinionated, self-willed, stubborn, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding, willful (or wilful);
deaf to reason;
Synonym Discussion of pertinacious
- an obstinate proponent of conspiracy theories
- pursued the story with dogged perseverance
- a person too stubborn to admit error
- a pertinacious salesclerk refusing to take no for an answer
- a mulish determination to have his own way
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