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

Examples of obduracy in a Sentence

the administrator was known for her unyielding obduracy even in the face of proof that she was wrong
Recent Examples on the Web Real Madrid beat Liverpool, 1-0, on Saturday in Paris with a performance of ruthless efficiency, of meticulous organization, of clinical obduracy. New York Times, 28 May 2022 In mid-March, Gotabaya Rajapaksa decided to seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a reversal of course after his earlier obduracy against asking for help. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 12 Apr. 2022 The rise of the Delta variant and the obduracy of vaccination resisters altered the landscape of the pandemic in just the last few months. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 Myanmar is also being consumed by the coronavirus, a health disaster that has been exacerbated by the junta’s obduracy. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2021 Myanmar is also being consumed by the coronavirus, a health disaster that has been exacerbated by the junta’s obduracy. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2021 But money, national pride and political obduracy are also at play. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 The damage already done by Mr. Trump’s obduracy could be lasting. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2020 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, 28 Nov. 2019 See More

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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 Aug. 2022.

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