- to struggle (against); revolt (at)
- to offer opposition; show reluctance
Origin of reluctClassical Latin reluctari (see reluctant): in later use probably back-formation from reluctance or reluctant
intransitive verbre·luct·ed, re·luct·ing, re·lucts Archaic
Origin of reluctLatin reluctārī re- re- luctārī to struggle
(third-person singular simple present relucts, present participle relucting, simple past and past participle relucted)
- 1839, Charles Lamb, New Year's Eve:
- I care not to be carried with the tide, that smoothly bears human life to eternity; and reluct at the inevitable course of destiny.
- 1879, George Putnam, Sermons preached in the church of the first religious society in Roxbury:
- [M]iracles, if you accept them, will not help it very much; or if you reluct at them, and ignore them, your faith remains unshaken and entire.
Originally from Latin reluctor.