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. [1913 Webster]

If they persist in pointing their batteries against particular persons, no laws of war forbid the making reprisals. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Some positive, persisting fops we know, Who, if once wrong, will needs be always so. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

That face persists. It floats up; it turns over in my mind. --Mrs. Browning. [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Persevere}, and {Insist}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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