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pertinacity

[pur-tn-as-i-tee] /ˌpɜr tnˈæs ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the quality of being pertinacious; persistence.
Origin
1495-1505
1495-1505; < Late Latin pertinācitās, for Latin pertinācia stubbornness, perseverance (> obsolete pertinacy), equivalent to pertināci- (stem of pertināx) steadfast, stubborn + -tās -ty2. See per-, tenacity
Synonyms
firmness, determination, resolution. See perseverance.
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Examples for pertinacity
  • Insisting with dogged pertinacity upon the dogma of the prophet, that it is sinful to yield obedience to infidels.
  • Since outsiders have not always agreed, their history has been tumultuous, but their pertinacity has also been rewarded.
  • The horde of office-seekers is remarkable for number and pertinacity.
  • Figuratively, one who follows up an enemy with pertinacity.
  • These companies became bitter rivals and contested the barbaric field with obstinate pertinacity.
Word Origin and History for pertinacity
pertinacity
1504, from M.Fr. pertinacité (1419), from O.Fr. pertinace "obstinate," from L. pertinacem (nom. pertinax) "very firm, tenacious," from per- "very" + tenax (see tenacious).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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