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pertinacious Syllabification: per·ti·na·cious
Pronunciation: /ˌpərtnˈāSHəs/

Definition of pertinacious in English:


Holding firmly to an opinion or a course of action: he worked with a pertinacious resistance to interruptions
More example sentences
  • Well, I shall now offer a balanced view based on the facts before me: I find your attempts quite perspicacious and pertinacious, and wish you well accordingly.
  • His enquiries were pertinacious.
  • He knew she was only so pertinacious out of her love for him.


Pronunciation: /ˌpərtnˈāSHəslē/
Example sentences
  • I remember that for years I pertinaciously read comic strips, unable to see what Americans saw in them.
  • The Spanish Scholastics remain profoundly admired by Catholics as the great intellects they were - unthinkable if they had pertinaciously taught perverse error.
Pronunciation: /ˌpərtnˈāSHəsnəs/
Pronunciation: /ˌpərtnˈasədē/
Example sentences
  • In both instances, it's a good advertisement for pertinacity.
  • This was returned to Buckingham Palace in 1947, largely through the pertinacity of Queen Mary.
  • If, in the face of these facts, somebody still insists that the boundaries of the Sikh religion are blurred, it is sheer pertinacity.


Early 17th century: from Latin pertinax, pertinac- 'holding fast' + -ous.

Words that rhyme with pertinacious

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