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obdurate

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adjective ob·du·rate \ˈäb-də-rət, -dyə-; äb-ˈdu̇r-ət, əb-, -ˈdyu̇r-\

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. 1 a :  stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing b :  hardened in feelings

  2. 2 :  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

Synonym Discussion of obdurate

inflexible, obdurate, adamant mean unwilling to alter a predetermined course or purpose. inflexible implies rigid adherence or even slavish conformity to principle <inflexible in their demands>. obdurate stresses hardness of heart and insensitivity to appeals for mercy or the influence of divine grace <obdurate in his refusal to grant clemency>. adamant implies utter immovability in the face of all temptation or entreaty <adamant that the work should continue>.

Rhymes with obdurate



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