603. Unwillingness.

603. Unwillingness.NOUN. unwillingness &c. adj.; indisposition, indisposedness; disinclination, aversation; nolleity, nolition; renitence, renitency; reluctance; indifference &c. 866; backwardness &c. adj.; slowness &c. 275; want of alacrity, want of readiness; indocility &c. (obstinacy) 606..

scrupulousness, scrupulosity; qualms of conscience, twinge of conscience; delicacy, demur, scruple, qualm, shrinking, recoil; hesitation &c. (irresolution) 605; fastidiousness &c. 868.

averseness &c. (dislike) 867.; dissent &c. 489; refusal &c. 764.

VERB. be unwilling &c. adj.; nill; dislike &c. 867; grudge, begrudge; not be able to find it in one’s heart to, not have the stomach to.

demur, stick at, scruple, stickle; hang fire, run rusty; recoil, shrink, swerve; hesitate &c. 605; avoid &c. 623.

oppose &c. 708; dissent &c. 489; refuse &c. 764.

ADJ. unwilling; not in the vein, loth, loath, shy of, disinclined, indisposed, averse, reluctant, not content; adverse &c. (opposed) 708; laggard, backward, remiss, slack, slow to; indifferent &c. 866; scrupulous; squeamish &c. (fastidious) 868; repugnant &c. (dislike) 867; restiff, restive; demurring &c. v.; unconsenting &c. (refusing) 764; involuntary &c. 601.

ADV. unwillingly &c. adj.; grudgingly, with a heavy heart; with a bad, with an ill grace; against one’s wishes, against one’s will, against the grain, sore against one’s wishes, sore against one’s will, sore against one’s grain; invitâ Minervâ [Lat.]; à contre cœur [Fr.]; malgré soi [Fr.]; in spite of one’s teeth, in spite of oneself; nolens volens &c. (necessity) 601. [Lat.]; perforce &c. 744; under protest; no &c. 536; not for the world, far be it from me.

PHR. “Fate leads the willing but drives the stubborn.” {Proverb}.

“A sharp goad for a stubborn ass.” {Proverb}.

À dur âne dur aiguillon. [Fr.] {Proverb“A sharp goad for a stubborn ass.” }.

Mas vale con mal asno contender que la leña acuestas traer. [Sp.] {Proverb“It is better to strive with a stubborn ass than to carry the wood on one’s back.” }.

Yo duro y vos duro, quien llevará lo maduro. [Sp.] {Proverb“I stubborn and you, stubborn, who is to carry the load?” }.

“Noble plants suit not a stubborn soil.” {Proverb}.

“He seems to be of great authority. Close with him, give him gold; and though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold. Show the inside of your purse to the outside of his hand, and no more ado. Remember— ston’d and flay’d alive.” {Shakespeare—The Winter’s Tale. Act IV. Sc. 4. (Clown). }.


Roget’s Thesaurus 1911. Compiled, edited and supplemented by Nicholas Shea. Dev version 1.7.9b Compiled on: 19 January 2022 at 05:16:38
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