Persist

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.
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If they persist in pointing their batteries against particular persons, no laws of war forbid the making reprisals.
Addison.
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Some positive, persisting fops we know,
Who, if once wrong, will needs be always so.
Pope.
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That face persists.
It floats up; it turns over in my mind.
Mrs. Browning.
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Syn. -- See Persevere, and Insist.
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Per*sist"ence

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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.
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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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