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
Patterson was especially adamant about creating this community and space for moms of color and teen moms.
But Selee is adamant there’s no going back to pre-democracy Mexico.
Read more: Manuel was adamant Beilein didn’t use his discussions with the Pistons as a bargaining chip during contract negotiations.
The complaint said Coward was adamant she was never charged with a felony and only had misdemeanor convictions.
But private landowners have become more adamant about restricting access to water on their property in order to assert their claim to the minerals underneath it.
Jarryn, Yorty said, was particularly adamant about seeking the maximum sentence, and his family supported the child.
The billionaire is surely adamant about privacy like anyone else, but with much more to protect.
Which helps explain why liberals like Willis are so adamant about working the refs at the Times.
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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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