Definition of obdurate
1a : stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing an unrepentant, obdurate sinnerb : 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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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
Recent Examples of obdurate from the Web
Erdogan’s most hardcore advocates brushed off the losses in big cities, insisting that the slim margin was due to campaign blunders or the obdurate views of opposition party voters.
Her photograph shows an aged and obdurate man with a tinge of uncertainty in his face.
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Did You Know?
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."
Synonym Discussion of obdurate
OBDURATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of obdurate for English Language Learners
: refusing to do what other people want : not willing to change your opinion or the way you do something
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