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obstĭno , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. a lengthened form of obsto, set about a thing with firmness or resolution, to set one's mind firmly on, to persist in, be resolved on a thing (as a verb. fin. very rare; only the Part. as a P. a. is freq.).
(α). With acc.: “id inhiat, ea affinitatem hanc obstinavit gratia,Plaut. Aul. 2, 2, 89.—Pass.: obstinari exorsus, Pac. ap. Paul. ex Fest. p. 193 Müll. (Trag. Rel. p. 425 Rib.).—
(γ). Absol.: “ipso Vespasiano inter initia imperii ad obtinendas iniquitates haud perinde obstinante,Tac. H. 2, 84.— Hence, obstĭnātus , a, um, P. a., firmly set, fixed, resolved, in a good or bad sense; determined, resolute, steadfast, inflexible, stubborn, obstinate (class.; syn.: pervicax, pertinax): vos qui astatis obstinati, Naev. ap. Paul. ex Fest. p. 193 Müll. (Trag. Rel. p. 11 Rib.): obstinato animo aliquid facere, Att. ap. Paul. ex Fest. l. l. (Trag. Rel. p. 123 Rib.); “so,Vulg. Ruth, 1, 18: “ad decertandum obstinati animi,Liv. 6, 3, 9: “ad silendum,Curt. 8, 1, 30: ad mortem, Liv. 5, 41, 1: “adversus lacrimas,id. 2, 40, 3; 3, 47, 4: “ad resistendum,Suet. Caes. 15 fin.: “contra veritatem,Quint. 12, 1, 10: “pudicitia,Liv. 1, 58: “fides,Tac. H. 5, 5: “aures,Hor. C. 3, 11, 7.—With inf.: “jam obstinatis mori spes affulsit,Liv. 42, 65; 7, 21, 1; 9, 25, 6: “obstinatum est tibi, non suscipere imperium, nisi, etc.,you are firmly resolved, Plin. Pan. 5, 6.—Rarely with in: “obstinatae in perniciem Romae urbes,Amm. 17, 11, 3: “in extrema,Tac. H. 3, 56: “militum animos obstinatos pro Vitellio subruere,id. H. 2, 101.—Comp.: “voluntas obstinatior,Cic. Att. 1, 11, 1: “adversus lacrimas muliebres,firmer, more steadfast, Liv. 2, 40.—Sup.: “virtus obstinatissima,the most resolute, Sen. Ep. 71, 10: “rex obstinatissimus,Amm. 17, 14.—Hence, adv.: obstĭ-nātē , firmly, inflexibly, in a good and bad sense; resolutely, pertinaciously, stubbornly, obstinately (class.): “ita me obstinate aggressus, ut, etc.,Plaut. As. 1, 1, 10: “operam dat,Ter. And. 1, 5, 8: “negari,Caes. B. G. 5, 6: “magis ac magis induruisse,Plin. Ep. 1, 12, 10.—Comp.: “obstinatius omnia agere,Suet. Caes. 29.—Sup.: “obstinatissime recusare,Suet. Tib. 67.
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