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Thursday, May 31, 2001

Definitions for pervicacious

  1. Refusing to change one's ideas, behavior, etc.; stubborn; obstinate.

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Citations for pervicacious
In fact, I'm a word nerd. I get a kick out of tossing a few odd ones intomy column, just to see if the pervicacious editors will weed them out. Michael Hawley, Technology Review
One of the most pervicacious young creatures that ever was heard of. Samuel Richardson, Clarissa
Origin of pervicacious
1625-1635
Pervicacious is from Latin pervicax, pervicac-, "stubborn, headstrong," from root pervic- of pervincere, "to carry ones point, maintain ones opinion," from per-, "through, thoroughly" + vincere, "to conquer, prevail against" + the suffix -ious, "characterized by, full of."