• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Obdureness Hardness.
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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.”


In literature:

And so the elders were obdurate.
"A Terrible Temptation" by Charles Reade
Now cake her over with a layer of ancient and obdurate dirt, and you have the Cincinnati steamer awhile ago referred to.
"Life On The Mississippi, Part 8." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
But the Vicar was obdurately deaf.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
But his master was obdurate.
"Thoroughbreds" by W. A. Fraser
By means of this it was hoped he would be able to subdue the most prepossessed, and melt the most obdurate female heart.
"Imogen" by William Godwin
She offered once or twice to speak in favour of Joseph; but found her lady's heart so obdurate, that she prudently dropt all such efforts.
"Joseph Andrews Vol. 1" by Henry Fielding
But she was obdurate.
"Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II" by Francis Augustus Cox
We understand that he objected strenuously, and that John Bellingham was obdurate.
"The Vanishing Man" by R. Austin Freeman
He becomes haughty, passionate, obdurate, vindictive, voluptuous, and cruel.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
Tom was obdurate, and she repeated the words of renunciation.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol IV." by Editors: Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
The deadlock soon got wind, and Amarendra Babu's action was severely commented on by the guests, but he remained obdurate.
"Tales of Bengal" by S. B. Banerjea
And finally Wyn had gained the permission of the most obdurate parent.
"Wyn's Camping Days" by Amy Bell Marlowe
But as if fearful that he had not been understood, he proved obdurate.
"Thirty" by Howard Vincent O'Brien
But McNeil remained obdurate; his mind was made up.
"The Courier of the Ozarks" by Byron A. Dunn
Mr. Stewart became equally obdurate.
"The Last Laird of MacNab" by Various
It is a strong and powerful theme, but Hamlet is obdurate.
"Stars of the Opera" by Mabel Wagnalls
But Pitt was obdurate.
"Lord Chatham" by Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
The obdurate ruffians should be transported to Fort George, as soon as it could be made strong enough to keep them safe.
"My Lords of Strogue Vol. III, (of III)" by Lewis Wingfield
Then his father falls in love with a fisherman's daughter who is obdurate.
"India Through the Ages" by Flora Annie Steel
The old man, with his thin, hard face, yet gentle eyes, was still obdurate.
"The Closed Book" by William Le Queux

In poetry:

Can nought change thy obdurate mind?
Wilt thou for ever rail?
The prophet on thee well refined,
And set thy wit to sale.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
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
Oh! how I love with thee to walk,
And listen to thy whispered talk,
Which innocence and truth imparts,
And melts the most obdurate hearts.
"Hymn On Solitude" by James Thomson
If Walpole's heart obdurate felt,
The Bishop's heart began to melt.
Modest distress he's hurt to see,
Then whisper'd--" Sir, come dine with me."
"Preferment" by William Hutton
Oh how dark your villa was,
Windows fast and obdurate!
How the garden grudged me grass
Where I stood—-the iron gate
Ground its teeth to let me pass!
"A Serenade At The Villa" by Robert Browning
'And thus the Fair, that one short minute saw
'Obey the sacred force of Nature's law;
'Now to its dictates more obdurate grown,
'To Danger's paths with double zest is flown.
"Louisa: A Poetical Novel. Fourth Epsitle." by Anna Seward

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).