you're too stubborn to admit it

obstinate, headstrong, willful, strong-willed, pigheaded, obdurate, difficult, contrary, perverse, recalcitrant, inflexible, iron-willed, uncompromising, unbending; informal stiff-necked, bloody-minded, balky; formal pertinacious, refractory, contumacious

stubborn stains

indelible, permanent, persistent, tenacious, resistant
stubborn, dogged, intractable, obdurate, obstinate, pertinacious, perverse
If you're the kind of person who takes a stand and then refuses to back down, your friends might say you have a stubborn disposition, a word that implies an innate resistance to any attempt to change one's purpose, course, or opinion. People who are stubborn by nature exhibit this kind of behavior in most situations, but they might be obstinate in a particular instance (a stubborn child, he was obstinate in his refusal to eat vegetables). Obstinate implies sticking persistently to an opinion, purpose, or course of action, especially in the face of persuasion or attack. While obstinate is usually a negative term, dogged can be either positive or negative, implying both tenacious, often sullen, persistence (dogged pursuit of a college degree, even though he knew he would end up in the family business) and great determination (dogged loyalty to a cause). Obdurate usually connotes a stubborn resistance marked by harshness and lack of feeling (obdurate in ignoring their pleas), while intractable means stubborn in a headstrong sense and difficult for others to control or manage (intractable pain). No matter how stubborn you are, you probably don't want to be called pertinacious, which implies persistence to the point of being annoying or unreasonable (a pertinacious panhandler).

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  • Stubborn — Stub born, a. [OE. stoburn, stiborn; probably fr. AS. styb a stub. See {Stub}.] Firm as a stub or stump; stiff; unbending; unyielding; persistent; hence, unreasonably obstinate in will or opinion; not yielding to reason or persuasion; refractory; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • stubborn — [stub′ərn] adj. [ME stoburn, prob. < OE stubb, var. of stybb,STUB] 1. refusing to yield, obey, or comply; resisting doggedly or unreasonably; resolute or obstinate 2. done or carried on in an obstinate or doggedly persistent manner [a stubborn …   English World dictionary

  • stubborn — index callous, chronic, contentious, difficult, disobedient, fractious, froward, impervious, incorrigible …   Law dictionary

  • stubborn — late 14c., of uncertain origin. Earliest form is stiborn. OED, Liberman doubt any connection with STUB (Cf. stub) (n.). Related: Stubbornly; stubbornness …   Etymology dictionary

  • stubborn — *obstinate, dogged, pertinacious, mulish, stiff necked, pigheaded, bullheaded Analogous words: rebellious, contumacious, *insubordinate: intractable, recalcitrant, refractory (see UNRULY): obdurate, adamant, inexorable, *inflexible Contrasted… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • stubborn — [adj] obstinate, unyielding adamant, balky, bullheaded, cantankerous, contumacious, cussed*, determined, dogged, firm, fixed, hardheaded, headstrong, inexorable, inflexible, insubordinate, intractable, mulish, obdurate, opinionated, ornery*,… …   New thesaurus

  • stubborn — ► ADJECTIVE 1) determined not to change one s attitude or position. 2) difficult to move, remove, or cure. DERIVATIVES stubbornly adverb stubbornness noun. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • stubborn — 01. He knew he was wrong, but he was simply too [stubborn] to admit it. 02. My boss is so [stubborn]. Once he gets an idea in his head, there s just no changing his mind. 03. The policeman [stubbornly] refused to reduce my speeding ticket to a… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • stubborn — stubbornly, adv. stubbornness, n. /stub euhrn/, adj. 1. unreasonably obstinate; obstinately unmoving: a stubborn child. 2. fixed or set in purpose or opinion; resolute: a stubborn opponent of foreign aid. 3. obstinately maintained, as a course of …   Universalium