When someone is beyond stubborn, use the word obstinate instead: "You obstinate old mule! Get out of my way!"
While stubborn may have positive or negative connotations, obstinate is most definitely negative, because it implies a kind of hard-headed determination not to change your mind even when it might be best to rethink your position. "The obstinate Man does not hold Opinions, but they hold him," wrote Samuel Butler way back in the seventeenth century. The word still does the trick if you want a put-down for someone you think is being a pig-headed fool or a stick in the mud.
adj tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
inflexible, sturdy, uncompromising
not making concessions
not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate
bullet-headed, bullheaded, pigheaded
obstinate and stupid
dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, tenacious, unyielding
difficult to deal with
devoting full strength and concentrated attention to
unreasonably rigid in the face of argument or entreaty or attack
having a determined will
not tractable; difficult to manage or mold
willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed
dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority
like or suggestive of a sheep in docility or stupidity or meekness or timidity
inclined to yield to argument or influence or control
easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)
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