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[From alteration of refractary, from Latin refractarius (stubborn), from refractus, past participle of refringere (to break up), from re- + frangere (to break).]
"There is nothing so awful - whether a week's-worth of rain, a marital
quarrel, a refractory child - that it cannot be resolved in the
"Though the Nobel laureate (William Faulkner) could often be indulgent
with children, he was essentially a withdrawn and refractory man."
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. -William Blake, poet, engraver, and painter (1757-1827)