adamantine

adjective ad·a·man·tine \ ˌa-də-ˈman-ˌtēn , -ˌtīn , -ˈman-tᵊn \
Updated on: 17 May 2018

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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Examples of adamantine in a Sentence

  1. the adamantine opposition of his parents to his marriage to a girl from a poor family

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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."

Origin and Etymology of adamantine

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

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adamantine

adjective ad·a·man·tine \ ˌad-ə-ˈman-ˌtēn , -ˌtīn , -ˈmant-ᵊn \

medical Definition of adamantine

: characterized by extreme hardness or luster


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