- (Obsolete) Obstinacy; pervicaciousness.
“My bulldog is the perfect example of stubborn pervicacity.”
“Both sides were guilty of pervicacity in the negotiations, but eventually they came to a compromise.”
“His pervicacity was sometimes annoying, but I could always count on my brother never to give up until a job was finished.”
Latin, mid-18th century
Why this word?
“He’s stubborn as a mule!” What did mules do to earn a reputation of pervicacity? They’re the result of cross-breeding a horse and a donkey, and Charles Darwin himself documented mules with more strength, intelligence, and, yes, stubbornness than their parental species.
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