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
Recent Examples of adamant from the Web
Still, the designer was adamant about maintaining the integrity of her new home.
Representatives in the House, however, remain adamant that a drastic shift in operations could be necessary.
Trump was adamant during the presidential campaign that American policy toward Russia should change, all the more reason to think that once in office, one of Trump’s priorities would be to make clear steps to mend ties with Moscow.
How adamant was Walker about Carter-Williams being his backup?
Dunlop is adamant about many things, but nothing more so than the double cleanse.
Bourdais was adamant that his terrifying crash during Indianapolis 500 qualifying wouldn’t keep him out of his car the rest of the season.
Even though Martinez hasn’t been much of a threat batting cleanup, Ausmus has been adamant about his value in that spot.
Rodman’s agent, Chris Volo, who went to North Korea as well and was on hand during the interview, was even more adamant about their role in Warmbier’s return.
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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."
Synonym Discussion of adamant
Examples of adamant in a Sentence
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
Origin and Etymology of adamant
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin adamant-, adamas hardest metal, diamond, from Greek
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
ADAMANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of adamant for English Language Learners
: not willing to change an opinion or decision : very determined
ADAMANT Defined for Kids
Definition of adamant for Students
: not giving in I tried to change her mind, but she was adamant.
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