obdurate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj obdurate showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings "his flinty gaze","the child's misery would move even the most obdurate heart"
    • adj obdurate stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Obdurate Hard; harsh; rugged; rough; intractable. "Obdurate consonants.""There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart."
    • Obdurate Hardened in feelings, esp. against moral or mollifying influences; unyielding; hard-hearted; stubbornly wicked. "The very custom of evil makes the heart obdurate against whatsoever instructions to the contrary.""Art thou obdurate , flinty, hard as steel,
      Nay, more than flint, for stone at rain relenteth?"
    • v. t Obdurate To harden. "Now I am brazes to it.""It will embrawn and iron-crust his flesh."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • obdurate To harden; confirm in resistance; make obdurate.
    • obdurate Hardened, especially against moral influences; wickedly resisting.
    • obdurate Hard-hearted; inexorable; unyielding; stubborn.
    • obdurate Inflexible; stiff; harsh.
    • obdurate Synonyms Obdurate, Callous, Hardened. These words all retain the original meaning of physical hardening, although it is obsolescent with obdurate. In the moral signification, the figure is most felt in the use of callous, which indicates sensibilities to right and wrong deadened by hard treatment, like callous flesh. Hardened is less definite, it being not always clear whether the person is viewed as made hard by circumstances or as having hardened himself against better influences and proper claims. Obdurate is the strongest, and implies most of determination and active resistance. See obstinate.
    • obdurate Unbending, unsusceptible, insensible.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Obdurate ob′dū-rāt hardened in heart or in feelings: difficult to influence, esp. in a moral sense: stubborn: harsh
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Quotations

  • 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.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. obduratus, p. p. of obdurare, to harden; ob,see Ob-)+ durare, to harden, durus, hard. See Dure
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. obdurāre, -ātumob, against, durāre, to harden—durus, hard.

Usage

In literature:

The boy looked from one to another with a semi-stupid smile; but wagged an obdurate head.
"The Day of Days" by Louis Joseph Vance
If Mollie's still obdurate, I must leave her in this woman's charge, and return to town.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
Her elder sister was as obdurate as myself, and refused to have anything to do with her.
"In Friendship's Guise" by Wm. Murray Graydon
And yet he remained silent, obdurate: so little a thing as a word or the lack of it has changed the destinies of empires and of men.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
If the girl is not obdurate, I thought, I shall save Fred many unhappy days.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
Mr. Wedmore was obdurate; and, to the disgust of everybody, including himself, the Rev.
"The Wharf by the Docks" by Florence Warden
Finding her obdurate, Mr. Fabian ordered Mrs. Rothsay's landau to be at the door at a certain hour.
"For Woman's Love" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Antoninus, however, proved as obdurate as Hadrian.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 6. (of 7): Parthia" by George Rawlinson
Yet he was obdurate.
"The Master Mystery" by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
All the rest are at her feet, but Rinaldo alone is obdurate.
"The Opera" by R.A. Streatfeild
I know not how to have done; yet I well know, unless the Lord soften your poor obdurate heart, it will still remain hard.
"The Power of Faith" by Isabella Graham
Dutton, though remorseful, was obdurate; there was much to arrange, and he had only twenty-four hours to remain.
"Bluebell" by Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
This was the obdurate tenant, who had paid no rent for three months, and had a notice to quit, expiring to-morrow.
"Little Classics, Volume 8 (of 18)" by Various
Before this Geyer had warned him against taking such a course; but apparently he was obdurate.
"Richard Wagner" by John F. Runciman
He enjoyed being teased, but he was obdurate.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
Me censuring, ye have proclaim'd me oft Obdurate.
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
They offered to buy their freedom, but Florence was obdurate.
"Florence and Northern Tuscany with Genoa" by Edward Hutton
But he continued obdurate.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
Jane was obdurate, and was for going back at once.
"When Knighthood Was in Flower" by Charles Major
As all the memories of past friendship came before him, he was inclined to be obdurate.
"Two Knapsacks" by John Campbell
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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
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
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
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).
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