recalcitrant




If someone is so pig-headed that he won’t budge on an issue, call him recalcitrant. Not that it will make a difference…

Recalcitrant is from Latin calcitrare, meaning “to kick,” so someone who is recalcitrant is kicking back against what’s wanted of them. Synonyms are unruly, intractable, and refractory, all referring to what is difficult to manage or control. Writers are frequently referring to recalcitrant Democrats and Republicans, since many people are stubbornly loyal to their political parties and unwilling to change.

Definitions of recalcitrant
  1. adjective

    stubbornly resistant to authority or control

    synonyms:
    fractious, refractory

    disobedient

    not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
  2. adjective

    marked by stubborn resistance to authority

    “the University suspended the most
    recalcitrant demonstrators”
    Synonyms:

    defiant, noncompliant

    boldly resisting authority or an opposing force

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