obstinacy (n.): unyielding or stubborn adherence to one's purpose, opinion, etc.
capitulation (n.): a list of the headings or main divisions of a subject; a summary or enumeration.
monomania (n.): an inordinate or obsessive zeal for or interest in a single thing, idea, subject, or the like.
timorous (adj.): Fearful.
mettle (n.): courage and fortitude.
execrable (adj.): utterly detestable.
effusion (n.): an unrestrained expression.
arriviste (adj.): a person who has recently acquired unaccustomed status, wealth, or success, especially by dubious means and without earning concomitant esteem.
sagacious (adj.): having or showing acute mental discernment and keen practical sense; shrewd.
precocious (adj.): unusually advanced or mature in development, especially mental development.