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dogged

adjective

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2 sticking to an opinion, purpose, or course of action in spite of reason, arguments, or persuasion
  • your dogged adherence to a really lame argument is embarrassing

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3 showing no signs of slackening or yielding in one's purpose
  • a dogged search for the missing piece of the puzzle

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dogged

verb
past tense of dog

Synonyms & Antonyms of dogged (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to go after or on the track of
  • star athletes being dogged by fans when they're out in public

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2 to subject (someone) to constant scoldings and sharp reminders
  • tired of constantly having to dog their son about cleaning his room

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How is the word dogged distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of dogged are mulish, obstinate, pertinacious, and stubborn. While all these words mean "fixed and unyielding in course or purpose," dogged suggests an admirable often tenacious and unwavering persistence.

pursued the story with dogged perseverance

When is mulish a more appropriate choice than dogged?

The meanings of mulish and dogged largely overlap; however, mulish implies a thoroughly unreasonable obstinacy.

a mulish determination to have his own way

In what contexts can obstinate take the place of dogged?

The words obstinate and dogged are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, obstinate implies usually an unreasonable persistence.

an obstinate proponent of conspiracy theories

When might pertinacious be a better fit than dogged?

While in some cases nearly identical to dogged, pertinacious suggests an annoying or irksome persistence.

a pertinacious salesclerk refusing to take no for an answer

When can stubborn be used instead of dogged?

The synonyms stubborn and dogged are sometimes interchangeable, but stubborn implies sturdiness in resisting change which may or may not be admirable.

a person too stubborn to admit error

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The first known use of dogged was in 1700

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“Dogged.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/dogged. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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