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refractory

re·frac·to·ry

refractory

 
pronunciation:
rih fraek t ri
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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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
 
part of speech: noun
inflections: refractories
definition: a heat-resistant material, such as certain ceramics or furnace bricks.
derivation: refractorily (adv.)
Word Parts
The word refractory contains the following part:
-ory, -atory2 Latin adjective-forming suffix that means serving to, pertaining to
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The suffix -ory , -atory2 attaches to Latin verb roots to form adjectives. Adjectives ending in "-atory " tend to have corresponding verbs ending in "-ate" (congratulatory: congratulate).