ob·​du·​ra·​cy | \ ˈäb-də-rə-sē How to pronounce obduracy (audio) , -dyə-; äb-ˈdu̇r-ə-, əb-, -ˈdyu̇r- \
plural obduracies

Definition of obduracy

: the quality or state of being obdurate

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the administrator was known for her unyielding obduracy even in the face of proof that she was wrong
Recent Examples on the Web The elections have shown that in spite of the Communist Party’s obduracy and the economic harm that the protests have caused, Hong Kongers still have a strong appetite for democracy. The Economist, "Hong Kong’s democracy movement has gained a big electoral boost," 28 Nov. 2019 This obduracy vitiates Congress’ role in the system of checks and balances, one purpose of which is to restrain rampant presidents. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: The best antidote for a bad election is a better election," 29 Sep. 2019 Other crosses skittered across the wall at odd angles and spacings, then skittered out, overwhelmed at last by the wall’s obduracy. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "“Just Keep Going North”," 5 July 2019 But political talks to end the crisis were scuttled by the military’s obduracy. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Sudan’s Military Abandons Talks and Opens Fire on Democracy Protesters," 3 June 2019 In turn, this is why Mr Bolton’s ideological obduracy looks less risky than welcome. The Economist, "John Bolton, the world’s hope," 31 May 2018 Some, including John Redwood, a former cabinet minister, have argued that a show of obduracy in negotiations invariably prompts Brussels to give way. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "In Brexit Give-and-Take, Britain Gives and the E.U. Takes," 21 Mar. 2018 His Middle East peace bid never did stand much chance in the face of Israeli and Palestinian obduracy. The Economist, "LexingtonJared Kushner appears to be in trouble," 8 Mar. 2018 That is the one ingredient that Q.S.I.’s bottomless wealth cannot buy, of course: that obduracy, that strength in adversity. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Steely and Stylish, P.S.G. Opens Champions League With a Rout," 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of obduracy

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obduracy

obdur(ate) + -acy

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“Obduracy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obduracy. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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