obdurate

  • 1 Obdurate — Ob du*rate, a. [L. obduratus, p. p. of obdurare to harden; ob (see Ob )+ durare to harden, durus hard. See {Dure}.] 1. Hardened in feelings, esp. against moral or mollifying influences; unyielding; hard hearted; stubbornly wicked. [1913 Webster]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Obdurate — Ob du*rate, v. t. To harden. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 obdurate — I adjective callous, cold, decided, determined, dogged, dogmatic, dogmatical, firm, hard, hardbitten, hardened, hardhearted, harsh, headstrong, heartless, immovable, immutable, impervious, impossible to influence, incorrigible, indifferent,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 obdurate — (adj.) mid 15c., stubborn; hardened, from L. obduratus hardened, pp. of obdurare to harden, from ob against (see OB (Cf. ob )) + durare harden, render hard, from durus hard (see ENDURE (Cf. e …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 obdurate — inexorable, *inflexible, adamant, adamantine Analogous words: *hardened, indurated, callous: *obstinate, stubborn, mulish, stiff necked: *immovable, immobile Contrasted words: *tender, compassionate: yielding, submitting, succumbing, relenting… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 obdurate — [adj] pigheaded, stubborn adamant, bullhead*, callous, cold fish*, dogged, firm, fixed, hanging tough*, hard, hard boiled*, hard hearted*, hard nosed*, harsh, heartless, immovable, implacable, indurate, inexorable, inflexible, iron*, mean,… …

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  • 7 obdurate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ stubbornly refusing to change one s opinion or course of action. DERIVATIVES obduracy noun obdurately adverb obdurateness noun. ORIGIN Latin obduratus, from durare harden …

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  • 8 obdurate — [äb′door it, äb′dyoorit] adj. [ME < L obduratus, pp. of obdurare, to harden < ob , intens. (see OB ) + durare, to harden < durus, hard: see DURESS] 1. not easily moved to pity or sympathy; hardhearted 2. hardened and unrepenting;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 obdurate — [[t]ɒ̱bdjʊrət, AM dʊr [/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as obdurate, you think that they are being unreasonable in their refusal to change their decision or opinion. [FORMAL] Parts of the administration may be changing but… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 obdurate — obdurately, adv. obdurateness, n. /ob doo rit, dyoo /, adj. 1. unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn; unyielding. 2. stubbornly resistant to moral influence; persistently impenitent: an obdurate sinner. [1400 50; late ME… …

    Universalium

  • 11 obdurate — adjective /ˈɒbdjʊrət,ˈɒbdjʊrɪt,ˈɑːbdjʊrɪt,ˈɑːbdʊrɪt/ Stubbornly persistent, generally in wrongdoing; refusing to reform or repent. But custom maketh blind and obdurate Syn: hardened, hard hearted, impertinent, intractable, unrepentant …

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  • 12 obdurate — ob|du|rate [ˈɔbdjurıt US ˈa:bdu ] adj formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of obdurare to harden ] very determined not to change your beliefs, actions, or feelings, in a way that seems unreasonable = ↑stubborn ▪ They argued …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 obdurate — adjective formal unreasonably determined not to change your beliefs or feelings; stubborn: She remained obdurate despite their pleas. obdurately adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 obdurate — adjective the brass were also obdurate in their opposition to having women in any combat positions Syn: stubborn, obstinate, intransigent, inflexible, unyielding, unbending, pigheaded, bullheaded, mulish, stiff necked; headstrong, unshakable,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 obdurate — ob•du•rate [[t]ˈɒb dʊ rɪt, dyʊ [/t]] adj. 1) unmoved by persuasion or pity; unyielding 2) stubbornly resistant to moral influence; impenitent: an obdurate sinner[/ex] • Etymology: 1400–50; late ME obdurat < L obdūrāre to harden, be persistent …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 obdurate — /ˈɒbdʒərət / (say objuhruht) adjective 1. hardened against persuasions or tender feelings; hard hearted. 2. hardened against moral influence; persistently impenitent: an obdurate sinner. {Middle English, from Latin obdūrātus, past participle,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 obdurate — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin obduratus, past participle of obdurare to harden, from ob against + durus hard more at during Date: 15th century 1. a. stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing b. hardened in feelings 2. resistant to… …

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  • 18 obdurate — Synonyms and related words: adamant, asleep, benumbed, bony, brazen, callous, calloused, case hardened, cement, cemental, cold, cold of heart, coldblooded, coldhearted, concrete, conscienceless, corneous, dead, deadened, dense, diamondlike,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 obdurate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. flinty, adamant, unyielding, inflexible; stubborn, adamantine, hardened, unshakable, unfeeling, hardhearted; firm. See impenitence, obstinacy.Ant., obedient, bending. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn.… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 obdurate — ob|du|rate [ abdərət ] adjective VERY FORMAL refusing to change your opinions or plans, in a way that does not seem reasonable ╾ ob|du|rate|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English