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To not change, or to refuse to change your opinion - thesaurus


hold to

to continue having a particular belief or standard



to have a particular attitude, opinion, or belief and not change it

have the courage of your (own) convictions

to continue to say or do what you think is right, even when other people think you are wrong

not budge

to refuse to change your opinion or decision about something

hold fast to something

to refuse to stop believing in something

stand/hold your ground

to refuse to change your opinions, beliefs, or decisions despite pressure to change them



if you harden your attitude, or if it hardens, you refuse to change it

cleave to

literary to keep believing an idea or following a tradition

not give/budge an inch

to completely refuse to change your opinion or decision

hold out for

to not accept an offer because you want a better one

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to keep believing that something is right or real, even though other people do not

go to the stake for/over something

to defend a belief or idea even if you suffer as a result

hold on to

to continue feeling or believing something

labour under the illusion/delusion/mistaken conception etc

to continue doing something or believing something because you think that something else is true, even though it is not



to not make a decision and let someone else make it

not change your spots

to have the same qualities, opinions, or intentions that you have always had, even when you claim that you have changed

stand firm

to refuse to change your opinion or policy despite pressure from other people

stand out for

to refuse to accept less than what you are asking for

stick to your guns

informal to refuse to change what you are saying or doing despite the opposition or criticism of other people

stick to your story

informal to refuse to change your account of an event or situation, especially when it is not true or when people doubt it

suspend judgment

to delay making a decision about something until you know more about it

take a hard line

to deal with someone or something in a very firm or strict way and refuse to change your opinion or decision



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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