adjective \ˈäb-də-rət, -dyə-; äb-ˈdr-ət, əb-, -ˈdyr-\

: refusing to do what other people want : not willing to change your opinion or the way you do something

Full Definition of OBDURATE

a :  stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
b :  hardened in feelings
:  resistant to persuasion or softening influences
ob·du·rate·ly adverb
ob·du·rate·ness noun

Examples of OBDURATE

  1. He is known for his obdurate determination.
  2. <the obdurate refusal of the crotchety old man to let the neighborhood kids retrieve their stray ball from his backyard>

Origin of OBDURATE

Middle English, from Latin obduratus, past participle of obdurare to harden, from ob- against + durus hard — more at during
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with OBDURATE


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