The Closing Word: Refractory

Image of Closing Word IconThis 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 how to specifically implement it in business. A well-spoken, intelligent agent inspires confidence with clients and colleagues alike.

This week’s closing word: refractory

Pronounced: (ri-FRAK-tuhr-ree)


1. Hard to manage; stubborn.
2. Resistant to usual methods or treatment.
3. Difficult to fuse: resistant to high temperature.


A heat-resistant material.

obstinate – stubborn – pertinacious – recalcitrant


Adjective usage: “The neighbors were quite refractory, and only after repeated requests did they have the rusted-out car removed from their front yard.”

Noun usage: “The old brownstone kitchen didn’t have any refractory between the stove and the wall, and we discovered evidence of heat damage there.”


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