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Word: persist

Definition: continue in existence; last; continue in a course of action in spite of opposition; Ex. persist in/with something; ADJ. persistent


Sentences Containing 'persist'

``You persist, then, in supposing his sisters influence him?''
Forgive me; and if you persist in indifference, do not make me your confidante.''
``You persist in your incredulity, Edmond,''continued Faria.
``But why, Valentine, do you persist in anticipating the worst, why picture so gloomy a future?''
``You understand me perfectly, on the contrary,''said Danglars:``but, if you will persist, I will tell you that I have just lost 700,000 francs upon the Spanish loan.''
``Then,''said Danglars, pale with anger, which was not at all due to offended paternal love,``then, mademoiselle, you persist in your determination to accelerate my ruin?''
``Woman, siren that you are, do you persist in fixing on me that fascinating eye, which reminds me that I ought to blush?
And then, if you persist in troubling him, may raise his hand to strike you.
Those whom I have inspired with love by letting them see me, I have by words undeceived, and if their longings live on hope--and I have given none to Chrysostom or to any other--it cannot justly be said that the death of any is my doing, for it was rather his own obstinacy than my cruelty that killed him; and if it be made a charge against me that his wishes were honourable, and that therefore I was bound to yield to them, I answer that when on this very spot where now his grave is made he declared to me his purity of purpose, I told him that mine was to live in perpetual solitude, and that the earth alone should enjoy the fruits of my retirement and the spoils of my beauty; and if, after this open avowal, he chose to persist against hope and steer against the wind, what wonder is it that he should sink in the depths of his infatuation?
Well then, if he be mad, as he is, and with a madness that mostly takes one thing for another, and white for black, and black for white, as was seen when he said the windmills were giants, and the monks' mules dromedaries, flocks of sheep armies of enemies, and much more to the same tune, it will not be very hard to make him believe that some country girl, the first I come across here, is the lady Dulcinea; and if he does not believe it, I'll swear it; and if he should swear, I'll swear again; and if he persists I'll persist still more, so as, come what may, to have my quoit always over the peg.
Some will bribe, beg, solicit, rise early, entreat, persist, without attaining the object of their suit; while another comes, and without knowing why or wherefore, finds himself invested with the place or office so many have sued for; and here it is that the common saying, 'There is good luck as well as bad luck in suits,' applies.
You persist in imagining, that, if we grant that divine existence, for which you so earnestly contend, you may safely infer consequences from it, and add something to the experienced order of nature, by arguing from the attributes which you ascribe to your gods.
And about this harpooneer, whom I have not yet seen, you persist in telling me the most mystifying and exasperating stories tending to beget in me an uncomfortable feeling towards the man whom you design for my bedfellow--a sort of connexion, landlord, which is an intimate and confidential one in the highest degree.

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