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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PERSISTS

"It may be better not to seek the interpretation," persists Eve.

But I trust that the condition can be remedied, if it persists.

I've taught it to Ninian, but he persists in calling it the Bloody Awful, which is low.

It is so called because it persists in growing in places where it is hidden from sight.

The odd thing is, sir, that he persists in sayin' he took the box himself.

It persists; it is of an undaunted boldness and of a fortitude not to be wearied out.

M. Vard tells me nothing, shows me nothing, persists in working alone.

For the word that persists in creeping under its point is no other word than "cynicism."

She put her hand on my head, but she persists in her delusion all the same.

If he persists, saying: that I know, but what does it all mean?

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, from Middle French persister (14c.), from Latin persistere "abide, continue steadfastly," from per- "thoroughly" (see per) + sistere "come to stand, cause to stand still" (see assist). Related: Persisted; persisting.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.