- An example of someone who is refractory is a person who refuses to listen to the rules.
- An example of something refractory is a material like silica or alumina that are difficult to melt.
- hard to manage; stubborn; obstinate: said of a person or animal
- resistant to heat; hard to melt or work: said of ores or metals
- not yielding to treatment, as a disease
- able to resist disease
Origin of refractoryaltered from obsolete refractary from Classical Latin refractarius from refractus: see refract
- Showing or characterized by obstinate resistance to authority or control: refractory children; refractory behavior.
- Difficult to melt or work; resistant to heat: a refractory material such as silica.
- Resistant to treatment: a refractory case of acne.
Origin of refractoryAlteration (influenced by adjectives in -ory ) of obsolete refractary from Latin refrāctārius from refrāctus past participle of refringere to break up ; see refract .
(comparative more refractory, superlative most refractory)
- A material or piece of material, such as a brick, that has a very high melting point.
From Latin refractÄrius (“obstinate"), from refractus, past participle of refringere (“to break up"). Originally refractary reanalysed after other adjectives in -ory