The Closing Word: Pertinacious

The Closing Word: PertinaciousThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (PURR-tin-ay-shuss)

stubbornly unyielding

From “If you won’t take no for an answer, you’re pertinacious. The same holds true if you stubbornly push on a door despite a sign that says “pull.” Pertinacious means unyielding or perversely persistent. We get pertinacious from the Latin pertinx, which combines per- “thoroughly” with tenx “tenacious.”

“The pertinacious buyer simply wouldn’t accept compromises, and ended up missing out on a number of near-perfect properties.”


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