• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Obdured Obdurate; hard. "This saw his hapless foes, but stood obdured ."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Obdured hardened
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  • Roselle Mercier Montgomery
    Roselle Mercier Montgomery
    “The fates are not quite obdurate; they have a grim, sardonic way of granting them who supplicate the thing they wanted yesterday.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. obdurāre, -ātumob, against, durāre, to harden—durus, hard.


In literature:

But Grizel was obdurate.
"Tommy and Grizel" by J.M. Barrie
His majesty desired nothing more than to recognise him, but my treacherous parent was obdurate to the end.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
Nothing, however, could lessen the fury, or reform the manners, of that obdurate crew.
"The Pirates Own Book" by Charles Ellms
When Junot, his own aide-de-camp, next came awooing Pauline, he was equally obdurate.
"Love affairs of the Courts of Europe" by Thornton Hall
Henry, according to his custom, was gentle, would not discuss it much, but remained obdurate.
"The Story of My Life" by Ellen Terry
The father was obdurate.
"Toaster's Handbook" by Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
Only the Choctaws continued obdurate and defiant.
"The American Indian as Participant in the Civil War" by Annie Heloise Abel
But Wool, though courteous, proved obdurate.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman
Yet Lincoln still remained obdurate.
"Abraham Lincoln, Vol. I." by John T. Morse
The girl's father had no very good opinion of the lad's hunting ability and was obdurate.
"The New North" by Agnes Deans Cameron
Let him be both polite and obdurate.
"The Art Of The Moving Picture" by Vachel Lindsay
He began to clamor for a move toward the coast, but Ned was obdurate and refused to stir for a week.
"Dick in the Everglades" by A. W. Dimock
There be those around and about thee who will have no mercy so long as thou provest obdurate.
"In the Days of Chivalry" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Then did we witness scenes which would have thrilled the most obdurate cannibals with horror.
"Frederic Shoberl Narrative of the Most Remarkable Events Which Occurred In and Near Leipzig" by Frederic Shoberl (1775-1853)
But all the same, the people remained obdurate, and we were never left alone, though they let us ramble whither we wished.
"The Land of the Black Mountain" by Reginald Wyon
But the Bishops, with the exception of one or two, are obdurate and immovable.
"King John of Jingalo" by Laurence Housman
Merely to have known this family, and to have witnessed their deplorable fate, is sufficient to melt the most obdurate heart.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
Concerning Dunnavan he was obdurate.
"The Story of Cooperstown" by Ralph Birdsall
He must be economical and yet lavish; generous as the wind and yet obdurate as the frost.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
He was, however, most obdurate, and told me it was useless for me to argue with him any longer.
"With the Zionists in Gallipoli" by John Henry Patterson

In poetry:

I had visited her often,
Long had sought, with vain endeavor,
Her obdurate heart to soften;
But she answered, "never, never."
"The Pursuit" by Gamaliel Bradford
Obdurate, in dense-grained wood,
A bald angel blocks and shapes
The flimsy light; arms folded
Watches his cumbrous world eclipse
"Sculptor" by Sylvia Plath
Belgia indulged her open grief,
While yet her master was not near,
With sullen pride refused relief,
And sate obdurate in despair.
"An Ode - Presented To The King, On His Majesty's Arrival In Holland, After The Queen's Death" by Matthew Prior
To bleach the moor, requires no greater art,
Or Jordan's stream up Hermon's hill to roll,
Than to persuade the fool's obdurate heart,
To fear his God, and to preserve his soul.
"The Pastor's Complaint" by Rees Prichard
Prayer, has sooth'd the most obdurate breast —
Prayer, has angels with success assail'd —
Prayer, the fiercest fiends has dispossess'd —
Prayer, has over God himself prevail'd! —
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard
Then why, ye nymphs Arcadian, why--
Since Love is general as the air--
Why does he not to Lelia fly,
And soften the obdurate fair?
Scorn nerves her proud, disdainful heart!
She scoffs at Love and all his art!
"Lines After The Manner Of The Olden Time." by George Pope Morris

In news:

With calculated hyperbole, he declared that the history of painting ended with his black paintings, in which obdurate monochromism subdued color to near invisibility.
Doing so, however, will require that Republicans stop their unnecessary alienation of young people, Hispanics, and women (because of anti-gay rhetoric, obdurate immigration stances, and anti-feminist rants).