Root & Synonym Clusters 9: STUBBORN

Here are a bunch of words all clustered around STUBBORN. Try using them on your hard-nosed friends–not to make them angry, but to learn the words!



adamant – refusing to be persuaded or to change one’s mind: he is adamant thathe is not going to resign.

dogged – having or showing tenacity and grim persistence: success required dogged determination.

obstinate – stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or chosen course of action, despite attempts to persuade one to do so.

obdurate – stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or course of action.

pertinacious – holding firmly to an opinion or a course of action: he worked with a pertinacious resistance to interruptions.

unyielding – or structure) not giving way to pressure; hard or solid: the Atlantic hurled its waves at the unyielding rocks.

relentless – oppressively constant; incessant: the relentless heat of the desert.

intransigent – unwilling or refusing to change one’s views or to agree about something.

intractable – hard to control or deal with: intractable economic problems | intractable pain.

unrelenting – not yielding in strength, severity, or determination: the heat was unrelenting.

relentless – oppressively constant; incessant: the relentless heat of the desert.

Here’s a great rap by Josh Wagner to help you remember all these Stubborn words:

Click here to download the Stubborn Words Rap by Josh Wagner

Lyrics to the rap:



Here’s a cluster of words that’ll help you succeed

With the sat’s so please listen to these

You can tell me all you want that you’re gonna fail the test

But I wont change my mind that you’re gonna do the best

Cuz I’m adamant, I’m stubborn, I cannot be persuaded

I’m obdurate, my words will not be sedated


I’m relentless, like the summer heat I keep constant

And I’m not yielding in severity, you cant conquer it

I’m unrelenting, even if my way is dissenting

Study these words cuz SATs are impending


On the test need to show grim persistence

Just a few hours, dogged determination

It makes it easier when the words fit together

 Cuz they’re all of correlation


I wont back off, like your parents I am obstinate

You can’t convince me to ever change to the opposite

A building is unyielding – it wont succumb to pressure

So be like a building – and don’t succumb to pressure


They call me pertinacious, I hold to my opinions

I’m Intransigent – I refuse to change my decisions

Studying can be intractable, and hard to deal with

But I know that you can do it, failure is just a myth 


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