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 for refractory
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Refractory \Re*frac"to*ry\, n.
     1. A refractory person. --Bp. Hall.
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     2. Refractoriness. [Obs.] --Jer. TAylor.
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     3. OPottery) A piece of ware covered with a vaporable flux
        and placed in a kiln, to communicate a glaze to the other
        articles. --Knight.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Refractory \Re*frac"to*ry\ (-r?), a. [L. refractorius, fr.
     refringere: cf. F. refractaire. See Refract.]
     1. Obstinate in disobedience; contumacious; stubborn;
        unmanageable; as, a refractory child; a refractory beast.
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              Raging appetites that are
              Most disobedient and refractory.      --Shak.
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     2. Resisting ordinary treatment; difficult of fusion,
        reduction, or the like; -- said especially of metals and
        the like, which do not readily yield to heat, or to the
        hammer; as, a refractory ore.
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     Syn: Perverse; contumacious; unruly; stubborn; obstinate;
          unyielding; ungovernable; unmanageable.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  refractory
      adj 1: not responding to treatment; "a stubborn infection"; "a
             refractory case of acne"; "stubborn rust stains" [syn:
             refractory, stubborn]
      2: temporarily unresponsive or not fully responsive to nervous
         or sexual stimuli; "the refractory period of a muscle fiber"
      3: stubbornly resistant to authority or control; "a fractious
         animal that would not submit to the harness"; "a refractory
         child" [syn: fractious, refractory, recalcitrant]
      n 1: lining consisting of material with a high melting point;
           used to line the inside walls of a furnace [syn: furnace
           lining, refractory]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  123 Moby Thesaurus words for "refractory":
     adversary, adversative, adverse, alien, antagonistic, anti,
     antipathetic, antithetic, at odds, averse, beyond control, breachy,
     bullheaded, china, clashing, clay, competitive, complaining, con,
     conflicting, contradictory, contrary, contumacious, counter, cross,
     cursory, defiant, deviant, differing, disaccordant, disagreeing,
     disinclined, disobedient, disputatious, disputing, dissentient,
     dissenting, dissident, enamel, enemy, forced, fractious,
     headstrong, hostile, impatient of control, incorrigible,
     indisposed, indocile, indomitable, inimical, insuppressible,
     intractable, involuntary, irrepressible, mulish, mutinous,
     negative, nonconformable, nonconforming, noncooperative,
     nonobservant, objecting, obstinate, obstreperous, obstructive,
     on the barricades, opponent, opposed, opposing, opposite,
     oppositional, oppositive, oppugnant, ornery, out of hand,
     overthwart, perfunctory, perverse, porcelain, proof against,
     protesting, rebellious, recalcitrant, recusant, reluctant,
     renitent, repellent, repugnant, resistant, resisting, resistive,
     restive, retardant, retardative, rival, self-willed, shrewish,
     stiff-necked, stubborn, sulky, sullen, unadaptable, unadjustable,
     unbiddable, uncompliant, unconforming, unconsenting,
     uncontrollable, uncooperative, unfavorable, unfriendly,
     ungovernable, unmalleable, unmanageable, unmoldable, unpropitious,
     unruly, unsubmissive, unwilling, unyielding, up in arms, wild,
     withstanding
  
  

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