adamantine

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adjective ad·a·man·tine \ˌa-də-ˈman-ˌtēn, -ˌtīn, -ˈman-tən\

Definition of adamantine

  1. 1 :  made of or having the quality of adamant

  2. 2 :  rigidly firm :  unyielding adamantine discipline

  3. 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

Did You Know?

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, from Latin adamantinus, from Greek adamantinos, from adamant-, adamas


First Known Use: 13th century

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

Medical Definition of adamantine

  1. :  characterized by extreme hardness or luster



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