Examples of adamant in a Sentence
- I am keen not to share my genetic code with my insurer, I am keen that my doctor should know it and use it, but I am adamant to the point of fanaticism that it is my decision. —Matt Ridley, Genome, 1999
- Arrive to find child physically intact but … adamant that he will not remain another minute in Ski Bunny program. Despite their 'professionalism,' staff members eagerly concur. —Christopher Buckley, New Yorker, 10 Mar. 1997
- In the years following the First World War, the debts of our wartime allies and others came to be considered a serious burden on international commerce and well-being. Calvin Coolidge was adamant on repayment. —John Kenneth Galbraith, New Yorker, 21 Apr. 1986
We've tried to talk him into coming with us, but he's adamant about staying here.
remained adamant about getting the actor's autograph even after he had disappeared backstage
Recent Examples of adamant from the Web
And that’s why the GP-write leaders are adamant that writing genomes, not editing them with tools such as CRISPR, is the way to go.
Yet all were adamant about their allegations: They were drugged, they were assaulted, and Cosby did it.
After the release of his last album, Zayn reportedly declined many promotional opportunities and was adamant about not touring.
Buckeye police were adamant that Wilson was not a suspect throughout the missing person's case.
Before his team batted in the bottom of the third inning, Bishop Eustace coach Sam Tropiano — who notched the 650th victory of his career on Saturday — was adamant in telling his team that two runs weren’t enough.
Many educators remained adamant in their support for a walkout, an enthusiasm that's been apparent since the early-March eruption of the #RedForEd movement.
Carney said some township trustees were adamant that the property be a cemetery.
But another cohort of New Hampshire Republicans is adamant that the actions of Flake and Kasich are purely self-interested, a way to stay in the limelight as Trump continues to shape the party in his own image.
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The Meaning and History of adamant
A person who is adamant about something has formed an opinion or taken a position that is not going to change because the person is determined to keep that opinion or position. If you're adamant about a decision you've made, no one can convince you that it was a mistake. If you're adamant that something be done (or not be done), you insist that it be (or not be) so.
The adjective dates to the early 1800s but it comes from a much older—and now much less common—noun. An adamant is an imaginary stone of impenetrable hardness. Historically, the word applied to actual stones (and other substances) believed to be impenetrable; in the 17th century the word was used as a synonym of diamond. The noun adamant comes from a Latin word meaning "material of extreme hardness, diamond."
One side note: however adamant the Adams in your life tend to be, the name Adam is not related etymologically to the word adamant. Adam comes from the Hebrew word 'āḏām, meaning "human being."
bullheaded, dogged, hard, hard-nosed, hardened, hardheaded, headstrong, immovable, implacable, inconvincible, inflexible, intransigent, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, opinionated, ossified, pat, pertinacious, perverse, pigheaded, self-opinionated, self-willed, stubborn, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding, willful (or wilful);
deaf to reason;
Synonym Discussion of adamant
- inflexible in their demands
- obdurate in his refusal to grant clemency
- adamant that the work should continue
Definition of adamant
- "Trust not in your gold and silver, trust not in your high fortresses; for, though the walls were of iron, and the fortresses of adamant, the Most High shall put terror into your hearts and weakness into your councils …"
- —George Eliot
Origin and Etymology of adamant
ADAMANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of adamant for English Language Learners
: not willing to change an opinion or decision : very determined
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