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refractory

re·frac·to·ry

refractory

 
 
pronunciation:
rih fraek t ri
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: obstinately disobedient; difficult to control, as a child or animal.
The parents of the refractory child were called in to speak with the principal.
antonyms:
malleable
similar words:
contumacious, disobedient, lawless, mutinous, recalcitrant, wayward
definition 2: difficult to melt, bond, or shape, as heat-resistant metal.
antonyms:
malleable
definition 3: difficult to treat or remedy, as a disease.
similar words:
obstinate
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part of speech: noun
inflections: refractories
definition: a heat-resistant material, such as certain ceramics or furnace bricks.
derivation: refractorily (adv.)
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