Per*sist"(?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Persisted; p. pr. & vb. n. Persisting.] [L. persistere; per + sistere to stand or be fixed, fr. stare to stand: cf. F. persister. See Per-, and Stand.] To stand firm; to be fixed and unmoved; to stay; to continue steadfastly; especially, to continue fixed in a course of conduct against opposing motives; to persevere; -- sometimes conveying an unfavorable notion, as of doggedness or obstinacy.
If they persist in pointing their batteries against particular persons, no laws of war forbid the making reprisals.Addison.
Some positive, persisting fops we know,Pope.
Who, if once wrong, will needs be always so.
That face persists.Mrs. Browning.
It floats up; it turns over in my mind.
Syn. -- See Persevere, and Insist.
Per*sist"en*cy(?), } n. [See Persistent.] 1. The quality or state of being persistent; staying or continuing quality; hence, in an unfavorable sense, doggedness; obstinacy.
2. The continuance of an effect after the cause which first gave rise to it is removed; as: (a)
(Physics) The persistence of motion. (b)
(Physiol.) Visual persistence, or persistence of the visual impression; auditory persistence, etc.
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