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obstinate

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Live as you would have wished to live when you come to die.
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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] obstinātus, past participle of obstinō.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA: /ˈɒb.stɪ.nət/, /ˈɒb.stɪ.nɪt/, SAMPA: /"Qb.stI.n@t/, /"Qb.stI.nIt/
  • (US) enPR: äb'stənət, IPA: /ˈɑb.stə.nət/, /ˈɑb.stə.nɪt/, SAMPA: /"Ab.st@.n@t/, /"Ab.st@.nIt/
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  1. Stubbornly adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course, usually with implied unreasonableness; persistent.
    • 1686, Montaigne, translated by Charles Cotton, "That men are justly punished for being obstinate in the defence of a fort that is not in reason to be defended",
      From this consideration it is that we have derived the custom, in times of war, to punish [] those who are obstinate to defend a place that by the rules of war is not tenable []
  2. Said of inanimate things not easily subdued or removed.
    • 1927, Gandhi, translated by Mahadev Desai, An Autobiography or The Story of my Experiments with Truth, Part IV, Chapter XXIX,
      Now it happened that Kasturbai [] had again begun getting haemorrhage, and the malady seemed to be obstinate.

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