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
But Real forward Ronaldo is adamant there was nothing wrong with their motivation.
Leave the candy for tots Though the majority of those who commented seemed to agree with the everyone-gets-candy stance, those who didn’t like to see teenagers trick-or-treating were adamant about it.
Though the majority of those who commented seemed to agree with the everyone-gets-candy stance, those who didn’t like to see teenagers trick-or-treating were adamant about it.
But the brand has always been adamant about having no plans to expand to the East Coast.
But keeping the popular and expensive deduction could risk losing the support of other Republicans, particularly those who are adamant about not adding to the deficit.
The Kardashians are adamant about this being a lie, and wish for Cait to keep their father’s name out of her lying mouth.
My Italian grandmother, a woman who knew the perfect alchemy of evil eye, oil and forbidden words, was adamant about the bad luck that derived from doing things the wrong way, in the wrong order, to the wrong people.
The Sixers have been adamant about not making transactions without getting something in return long before Colangelo was hired.
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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."
Synonymsobstinate, adamantine, bullheaded, dogged, hard, hardened, hardheaded, hard-nosed, headstrong, immovable, implacable, inconvincible, inflexible, intransigent, mulish, obdurate, opinionated, ossified, pat, pertinacious, perverse, pigheaded, self-opinionated, self-willed, stiff-necked, stubborn, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding, willful (or wilful)
Antonymsacquiescent, agreeable, amenable, compliant, complying, flexible, pliable, pliant, relenting, yielding
Related Wordsanal-retentive, obsessive; wayward, wrongheaded; determined, hell-bent, inexorable, persistent, relentless, resolved, set, single-minded, steadfast, stouthearted, tenacious, unflinching; firm, hard-line, hard-shell (or hard-shelled), iron, severe, stern, strict; hidebound, narrow-minded, rigid; bloody-minded [chiefly British], cantankerous; contrary, cussed; contumacious, disobedient, froward, insubordinate, intractable, recalcitrant, refractory, uncooperative, ungovernable, unmanageable, unruly; defiant, insurgent, mutinous; indomitable, invincible, unconquerable; confirmed, inveterate, unregenerate; demanding, exacting
Near Antonymsdocile, obedient, placable, submissive, tractable; accepting, persuadable, receptive, responsive, willing; governable, manageable, reasonable, temperate; slavish, subservient
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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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