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
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.
Origin and Etymology of pertinacious
First Known Use: 1583See Words from the same year
Synonymsdogged, insistent, patient, persevering, persistent, tenacious
Antonymsacquiescent, agreeable, amenable, compliant, complying, flexible, pliable, pliant, relenting, yielding
Related Wordsassured, certain, dedicated, determined, firm, hell-bent, intent, positive, resolute, resolved, single-minded, sure; adamant, bullheaded, dogged, hardened, hardheaded, headstrong, implacable, indurate, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, opinionated, peevish, persistent, perverse, pigheaded, self-willed, stiff-necked, stubborn, unregenerate, unyielding, willful (or wilful); unfaltering, unhesitating, unwavering; resistant, wayward, wrongheaded; constant, devoted, faithful, good, loyal, staunch (also stanch), steadfast, steady, true; indomitable, unconquerable; hard, inflexible, relentless, stern, unbending, unflinching, unrelenting
Near Antonymsquitting, surrendering, yielding; faltering, hesitant, hesitating, irresolute, vacillating, wavering; disloyal, faithless, false, fickle, inconstant, perfidious, traitorous, treacherous
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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