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Tuesday, October 6

Pervicacity

[per-vi-KA-si-tee]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, early 17th century

1.

The quality or state of being pervicacious.

2.

Obstinacy; stubbornness; wilfulness.

Examples of Pervicacity in a sentence

"My toddler is the perfect example of pervicacity!"

"They were both guilty of pervicacity, but eventually they came to a compromise."

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About Pervicacity

This noun, synonymous with stubbornness or willfulness, deserves to be brought back into the regular lexicon. It comes from the Latin "pervicacitas," meaning obstinacy.

Did you Know?

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 the parents.

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