adamant

adjective
ad·​a·​mant | \ ˈa-də-mənt How to pronounce adamant (audio) , -ˌmant \

Essential Meaning of adamant

: not willing to change an opinion or decision : very determined She is an adamant [=strong] defender of women's rights. We've tried to talk him into coming with us, but he's adamant about staying here. an adamant refusal

Full Definition of adamant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: unshakable or insistent especially in maintaining a position or opinion : unyielding an adamant insistence on doing things his own way was adamant about making the change

adamant

noun

Definition of adamant (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a stone (such as a diamond) formerly believed to be of impenetrable hardness
2 : an unbreakable or extremely hard substance "Trust not in your gold and silver, trust not in your high fortresses; for, though the walls were of iron, and the fortresses of adamant, the Most High shall put terror into your hearts and weakness into your councils …"— George Eliot

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Adjective

inflexible, obdurate, adamant mean unwilling to alter a predetermined course or purpose. inflexible implies rigid adherence or even servile 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

The Meaning and History of Adamant

A person who is adamant about something has formed an opinion or taken a position that is not going to change because the person is determined to keep that opinion or position. If you're adamant about a decision you've made, no one can convince you that it was a mistake. If you're adamant that something be done (or not be done), you insist that it be (or not be) so.

The adjective dates to the early 1800s but it comes from a much older—and now much less common—noun. An adamant is an imaginary stone of impenetrable hardness. Historically, the word applied to actual stones (and other substances) believed to be impenetrable; in the 17th century the word was used as a synonym of diamond. The noun adamant comes from a Latin word meaning "material of extreme hardness, diamond."

One side note: however adamant the Adams in your life tend to be, the name Adam is not related etymologically to the word adamant. Adam comes from the Hebrew word 'āḏām, meaning "human being."

Examples of adamant in a Sentence

Adjective I am keen not to share my genetic code with my insurer, I am keen that my doctor should know it and use it, but I am adamant to the point of fanaticism that it is my decision. — Matt Ridley, Genome, 1999 Arrive to find child physically intact but … adamant that he will not remain another minute in Ski Bunny program. Despite their 'professionalism,' staff members eagerly concur. — Christopher Buckley, New Yorker, 10 Mar. 1997 In the years following the First World War, the debts of our wartime allies and others came to be considered a serious burden on international commerce and well-being. Calvin Coolidge was adamant on repayment. — John Kenneth Galbraith, New Yorker, 21 Apr. 1986 We've tried to talk him into coming with us, but he's adamant about staying here. remained adamant about getting the actor's autograph even after he had disappeared backstage
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Many of the state’s congressional Democrats are adamant about changing federal policy. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2021 Bell said India was adamant about playing one more game. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 3 Oct. 2021 This is a feature-length film rather than a season of television, and one where Chase was adamant about the running time being two hours or less. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 1 Oct. 2021 Since Republicans are adamant about not raising the debt limit; there is more trouble ahead. Teresa Ghilarducci, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Wiggins has so far been adamant about his decision to avoid the shot. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Sep. 2021 But progressives, led by Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, the former presidential candidate, are adamant about giving older Americans dental, hearing, and vision coverage. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Sep. 2021 San Antonio officials, most notably then-Mayor Phil Hardberger, were adamant about gaining full custody of the team as the city slathered the Alamodome with black, white and gold paint representing the Saints colors. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Sep. 2021 Anthony was adamant about not taking any pain medication after the first night following surgery. oregonlive, 31 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of adamant

Adjective

1816, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adamant

Adjective

derivative of adamant entry 2

Noun

Middle English, "diamond, material of extreme hardness, lodestone," borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin adamant-, adamās "material of extreme hardness, diamond," borrowed from Greek adamant-, adámas, probably a borrowing from a substratal or Near Eastern source, conformed by folk etymology to a- a- entry 2 and the stem of the verb dámnēmi "(I) tame, subdue, conquer"

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“Adamant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adamant. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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adamant

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ad·​a·​mant | \ ˈa-də-mənt How to pronounce adamant (audio) \

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: not giving in I tried to change her mind, but she was adamant.

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