Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective

Disobedient; unmanageable; obstinate, as a horse.

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Usage examples "refractory":

  1. Two persons who had been refractory were found murdered; and it was universally believed that they had been slain by Kirke's order. - "The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5)", Thomas Babington Macaulay.
  2. A stray sheep, no matter how refractory, feels a touch of longing when it hears the shepherd's voice. - "Alice of Old Vincennes", Maurice Thompson.
  3. The soldiers were already very uncomfortable and very refractory. - "The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74", John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: January 25, 2009.