obdurate

adjective
ob·​du·​rate | \ˈäb-də-rət, -dyə-;äb-ˈdu̇r-ət, əb-, -ˈdyu̇r-\

Definition of obdurate 

1a : stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing an unrepentant, obdurate sinner

b : hardened in feelings The obdurate enemy was merciless.

2 : resistant to persuasion or softening influences obdurate in his determination remaining obdurate to her husband's advances— Edith Wharton

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Other Words from obdurate

obdurately adverb
obdurateness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for obdurate

inflexible, obdurate, adamant mean unwilling to alter a predetermined course or purpose. inflexible implies rigid adherence or even slavish conformity to principle. inflexible in their demands obdurate stresses hardness of heart and insensitivity to appeals for mercy or the influence of divine grace. obdurate in his refusal to grant clemency adamant implies utter immovability in the face of all temptation or entreaty. adamant that the work should continue

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When you are confronted with someone obdurate, you may end up feeling dour. During the encounter, you may find that you need to be durable to keep your sanity intact. Maybe you will find such situations less stressful in the future if you can face them knowing that the words obdurate, dour, during, and durable are etymological cousins. All of those words trace back to the Latin adjective durus, which means "hard." A form of this adjective can still be found in dura mater, the name for the tough fibrous material that surrounds the brain and spinal cord; it comes from a Medieval Latin phrase meaning, literally, "hard mother."

Examples of obdurate in a Sentence

He is known for his obdurate determination. the obdurate refusal of the crotchety old man to let the neighborhood kids retrieve their stray ball from his backyard

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But Sweden’s success in Russia has largely come down to its obdurate defense, which kept clean sheets in victories over South Korea and Mexico. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Sweden inspired by heavyweights’ fall at the World Cup," 2 July 2018 On Friday, the Huskies will face Notre Dame (33-3), a familiar and obdurate opponent. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "At UConn, No Losses and No Apologies," 29 Mar. 2018 Naing Ko Ko, a political analyst who consults with the NLD, said Ms. Suu Kyi’s closed leadership style reflects the NLD’s challenge of facing off against an obdurate military that maintains control of key levers of power. Jon Emont, WSJ, "My Generation: Suu Kyi Faces Succession Problem in Myanmar," 28 Mar. 2018 His obdurate stand may have made trouble for MACCIH, an anti-corruption agency in Honduras set up by the OAS. The Economist, "The president of Honduras starts his second term under a cloud," 27 Jan. 2018 Yet Mr Kurz’s obdurate stance on borders is now conventional wisdom across the EU. The Economist, "Sebastian Kurz is flirting with the far-right Freedom Party," 19 Oct. 2017 Barcelona were probing at Atletico's obdurate defence, and having drawn a stretching save from Oblak moments earlier, Suarez met a cross with towering header from close range to level the scores in the 82nd minute. SI.com, "Late Suarez Goal Rescues Point for Barcelona Against Atletico Madrid," 14 Oct. 2017 But there is no moment, and Updike the novelist recognizes that there is something obdurate about the historical record. WSJ, "Five Best: Richard White," 13 Oct. 2017 But with health-care reform at the top of the agenda and an obdurate Republican party in opposition, the best Congress could do was patch a few gaping holes and add some embellishments to the Rube Goldberg-like construction already in place. Diana B. Henriques, The Atlantic, "Those Who Don’t Learn From Financial Crises Are Doomed to Repeat Them," 19 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of obdurate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for obdurate

Middle English, from Latin obduratus, past participle of obdurare to harden, from ob- against + durus hard — more at during

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obdurate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of obdurate

: refusing to do what other people want : not willing to change your opinion or the way you do something

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