Simple Definition of obdurate
: refusing to do what other people want : not willing to change your opinion or the way you do something
Full Definition of obdurate
1 a : stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing b : hardened in feelings
2 : resistant to persuasion or softening influences
Examples of obdurate
He is known for his obdurate determination.
<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
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