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Definition of adamantine

1 : made of or having the quality of adamant
2 : rigidly firm : unyielding adamantine discipline
3 : resembling the diamond in hardness or luster

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The Greek and Latin word for the hardest imaginable substance, whether applied to a legendary stone or an actual substance, such as diamond, was "adamas." Latin poets used the term figuratively for things lasting, firm, or unbending, and the adjective "adamantinus" was used in similar contexts. The English noun "adamant" (meaning "an unbreakable or extremely hard substance"), as well as the adjective "adamant" (meaning "inflexible" or "unyielding"), came from "adamas." "Adamantine," which has such figurative uses as "rigid," "firm," and "unyielding," came from "adamantinus." "Adamas" is actually the source of "diamond" as well. "Diamas," the Latin term for diamond, was an alteration of "adamas."

Examples of adamantine in a Sentence

the adamantine opposition of his parents to his marriage to a girl from a poor family
Recent Examples on the Web Davosites are defined by their adamantine belief in economic and social liberalism and their position at the top of various global organisations. The Economist, 16 Nov. 2019 Every year The Rock is pre-painted a different color to prepare an adamantine canvas., 9 July 2019 Some of the time identity seems to be taken as an adamantine fact: a person’s identity as a woman or a member of an ethnic minority seems to trump all other considerations. The Economist, 19 June 2019 This gentle, tenacious, adamantine figure has been far too little known in the West—until now. Cynthia Haven, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2019 But not even adamantine willpower could overcome the exhaustion that Rihanna was feeling in that moment. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, 3 May 2018 But Navalny, with adamantine determination and a canny use of social media, has spread his anti-corruption campaign deep into the provinces. Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2017 Harrison’s music traverses a huge stylistic range, from adamantine dissonance to melodies of homespun sweetness. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of adamantine

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adamantine

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin adamantinus, borrowed from Greek adamántinos, derivative of adamant-, adámas adamant entry 2

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ad·​a·​man·​tine | \ ˌad-ə-ˈman-ˌtēn How to pronounce adamantine (audio) , -ˌtīn How to pronounce adamantine (audio) , -ˈmant-ᵊn How to pronounce adamantine (audio) \

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: characterized by extreme hardness or luster

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