Definitions of refractory:
  • noun:   lining consisting of material with a high melting point; used to line the inside walls of a furnace
  • adjective:   not responding to treatment
    Example: "A refractory case of acne"
  • adjective:   resistant to authority or control
    Example: "As refractory as a mule"
  • adjective:   stubbornly resistant to authority or control
    Example: "A refractory child"
  • adjective:   marked by stubborn resistance to and defiant of authority or guidance
    Example: "Everything revolves around a refractory individual genius"

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