#AtoZChallenge: R is for RECALCITRANT

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#AtoZChallenge, Day 18: R is for RECALCITRANT
Day 18, April 21


having an obstinately uncooperative attitude
toward authority or discipline.

“a class of recalcitrant fifteen-year-olds”
synonyms: uncooperative, intractable, obstreperous, truculent, insubordinate,
defiant, rebellious, willful, wayward, headstrong, self-willed, contrary, perverse, difficult

“Amy was unprepared to deal with three recalcitrant stepchildren”
noun: recalcitrant; plural noun: recalcitrants
a person with an obstinately uncooperative attitude.

Can I get a “HELL YEAH”?! 

This describes me as well as Bohemian did, except I’m 60, not 15. (Stunted maturity? Naaah! Just independent, free-thinking and obdurate.) Don’t try and tell me what to do, how to do it, when to it or not to do it and we’ll get along just fine. 😀 If I should happen to agree with your stipulations, then life is good. If not, get ready for some serious expostulations. (Ooh, another good word! 😀 )

Who’s with me?

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RECALCITRANT stems from Latin recalcitrant– ‘kicking out with the heels,’
from the verb recalcitrare, based on calx, calc- ‘heel.’
[This must be where the phrase “digging in your heels”, meaning “stubborn” comes from, don’t you think?]

Any fellow rebels out there? Show me your recalcitrant selves. 🙂
Looking forward to your comments!


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26 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: R is for RECALCITRANT

  1. Another word that sounds harsh like its meaning. I never use that word but it is a good one. I’m not much of a rebel and am a good girl (most of the time, snickers devilishly) The hubs can be quietly recalcitrant on occasion when he doesn’t like something or someone. You do find the best words, Debbie. Enjoying your theme very much and increasing my vocabulary along the way!
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  2. Oh I am soooo a rebel! It’s the main reason that I’m self-employed: I can’t work for other people because I can’t stand being told what to do. I know for a fact that had I chosen a career in the military (which I never would’ve for the very sake of who I am) I would’ve been kicked out so fast. I’m one of those irritating people that believe rules are made to be broken and I have a lifetime of believing that rules simply don’t apply to me. 🙂 Don’t get the wrong idea: I’m not a disaster. I’m just a free-spirited and independent woman who is also stubborn and occasionally recalcitrant. Great word Debbie!
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  3. HELL YEAH”! 😉 I didn’t know this word before – thanks for educating me Debbie! 😉 – though I am not a hard-core rebel – never into drugs or alcohol for example – only in terms of attitude. I believe this comes from a past life or lives (not an excuse per se) actually. 😉 I am definitely obdurate when it comes to a decision I’ve made that I can’t let go of. 🙂 <3
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  4. Recalcitrant is a good one. I’ve even used it from time to time when describing my daughter when she was in her teens. We also had a goat that fit the description and I may have used it on her, too. Another good “R” would that I thought you might have chosen is rapscallion which is NOT, as some people might think, an onion trying to sing. I’m just loving your theme AND your words.
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