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STUBBORN, a. This word is doubtless formed on the root of stub or stiff, and denotes fixed, firm. But the origin of the latter syllable is not obvious.
1. Unreasonably obstinate; inflexibly fixed in opinion; not to be moved or persuaded by reasons; inflexible; as a stubborn son; a stubborn mind or soul.
The queen is obstinate--stubborn to justice.
2. Persevering; persisting; steady; constant; as stubborn attention.
3. Stiff; not flexible; as a stubborn bow.
Take a plant of stubborn oak.
4. Hardy; firm; enduring without complaint; as stubborn Stoics.
5. Harsh; rough; rugged. Little used.
6. Refractory; not easily melted or worked; as a stubborn ore or metal.
7. Refractory; obstinately resisting command, the goad or the whip; as a stubborn ass or horse.
1. Perverse and unreasonable obstinacy; inflexibility; contumacy.
Stubbornness and obstinate disobedience must be mastered with blows.
2. Stiffness; want of pliancy.
3. Refractoriness, as of ores.
"Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read" —Isaiah 34:16, KJV
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