Etymology
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dogged (adj.)

"having the qualities of a dog" (mostly in a negative sense, "mean, surly, contemptible"), c. 1300, from dog (n.). Meaning "persistent, silently obstinate" is from 1779. Hence doggedly (late 14c.), "cruelly, maliciously;" later "with a dog's persistence" (1773). Related: Doggedness.

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Definitions of dogged

dogged (adj.)
stubbornly unyielding; "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot;
dogged persistence
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