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  • Adj.




The dog was tenacious in his persistent efforts to get all the meat off the bone. He tenaciously gnawed at it for hours, determined to get every scrap of meat he could. When his owner tried to pry the bone out of his mouth, he held on with fierce tenacity and dogged stubbornness. He only gave up his tenacious, unyielding hold on the bone when his owner offered him a ham sandwich in place of it.

Quiz: If you are tenacious, what are you?

  • You are determined to reach the goals you’ve set.
  • You are quick to anger and often get into fights.
  • You are easily convinced to change your mind.

Memory Hook

Tenacious Tenacious D The band "Tenacious D" was named as being tenacious for its continued insistence on being loud and vulgar in each and every show.


  • Fear had absorbed her completely and remained there, fixed, tenacious, almost corporeal, as if it were some invisible person who had made up his mind not to leave the room. — Gabriel García Márquez, Columbian writer, from _Collected Stories_ Gabriel garcía márquez, columbian writer, from _collected stories_
  • A surviving population [of Tasmanian devils] has thrived in Tasmania, a large island off the southeastern tip of Australia, but the tenacious scavengers have struggled in recent decades. —Smithsonian Magazine
  • This "Southern Operation" would seal off China from outside help, thus underwriting victory in Japan’s frustrating four-year war against Chiang Kai-shek’s feckless but tenacious Chinese army. —The Atlantic
  • The right to vote in political elections. A right long denied to women of the United States, Florida and Flagler County. A denial which ended on Aug. 26, 1920, as the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, thereby ending a 72-year-long battle waged by tenacious and trailblazing women who won the right to vote! —The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Word Ingredients

ten have, hold
-acious inclined to, abounding in

When one is tenacious, one is “inclined to hold” onto something until it is completed.

Word Theater

Tug of War This is one tenacious dog!

Word Constellation


Word Variants

tenacity n persistence; determination