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He bid me tell you so, when he went out, if I found you refractory.

She tugs and pulls, and thumps the refractory thing on the floor.

Together and with whisperings, they fidgeted with the refractory catch.

Grace, who was struggling with a refractory window, paused for breath.

James was a refractory and disobedient child from the very cradle.

Brook shook his head and began to refill his refractory pipe.

She evidently dreaded a meeting with her refractory teacher.

The porters were not always easy to manage, and on some occasions were refractory.

No temper is exactly sunny after a struggle with a refractory engine.

The most refractory of chemical compounds can be broken up by that heat.

WORD ORIGIN

"stubborn, obstinate, perverse," 1610s (earlier refractorious, 1550s, refractary, c.1600), from Latin refractarius "obstinate, stubborn," from past participle stem of refringere (see refraction). Related: Refractorily; refractoriness.

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