Saturday, June 9, 2007

Word of the Day June 9, 2007

The Word of the Day for June 09 is:

obstinate \AHB-stuh-nut\ adjective

*1 : perversely adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course in spite of reason, arguments, or persuasion2 : not easily subdued, remedied, or removed

Example sentence:As usual, Cassie remained obstinate in her opinion even though the facts were clearly stacked against her.

Did you know?If you're obstinate, you're just plain stubborn. "Obstinate," "dogged," "stubborn," "pertinacious," and "mulish" all mean that someone is unwilling to change course or give up a belief or plan. "Obstinate" suggests an unreasonable persistence; it's often a negative word. "Dogged," which can be more positive, implies that someone goes after something without ever tiring or quitting, while "pertinacious" suggests a persistence that can be annoying. "Stubborn" indicates a resistance to change, which may or may not be admirable. Someone who displays a really unreasonable degree of stubbornness could accurately be described as "mulish."

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

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