- utterly unyielding in attitude or opinion in spite of all appeals, urgings, etc.
- too hard to cut, break, or pierce.
- any impenetrably or unyieldingly hard substance.
- a legendary stone of impenetrable hardness, formerly sometimes identified with the diamond.
Origin of adamant
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Examples from the Web for adamant
Even the most adamant Obamacare opponent must acknowledge, as Kasich has, that its coverage expansion has helped some people.John Kasich: The GOP’s Hobbled 2016 Dark Horse
W. James Antle III
November 3, 2014
They are also as adamant about the tone they want to strike.Inside the Political Fun House: How ‘Alpha House’ Became Amazon’s First Big Hit
October 24, 2014
They are adamant that their women-only concerts are not a result of religious rules.The Sisterhood of Bulletproof Stockings: It’s Ladies’ Night for Hasidic Rockers
September 30, 2014
Despite all the visual cues which might suggest otherwise, Manning was adamant that he was not trying to promote himself.‘Crazy’ Harlem Pastor Hates on Obama and Gays
September 28, 2014
Many of the survivors were adamant that the fighters were made up of foreign nationals from all over the world.Rape and Sexual Slavery Inside an ISIS Prison
August 28, 2014
Virtue is an adamant that is sacred and secure from all their efforts.
Imogen was deaf to their expostulations, and indurate and callous as adamant to their persuasions.
"Oh, do let's stay till it's all done," she urged, but Bruce and Elinor were adamant.Miss Pat at School
I begin to believe she is made of adamant instead of what other women are made of.The Midnight Queen
May Agnes Fleming
A firm tread had Mother Scoville, a light hand with pastry, and a will that was adamant.Gigolo
- unshakable in purpose, determination, or opinion; unyielding
- a less common word for adamantine (def. 1)
- any extremely hard or apparently unbreakable substance
- a legendary stone said to be impenetrable, often identified with the diamond or loadstone
Word Origin and History for adamant
late 14c., "hard, unbreakable," from adamant (n.). Figurative sense of "unshakeable" first recorded 1670s. Related: Adamantly; adamance.
mid-14c., from Old French adamant and directly from Latin adamantem (nominative adamas) "adamant, hardest iron, steel," also figuratively, of character, from Greek adamas (genitive adamantos) "unbreakable, inflexible" metaphoric of anything unalterable, also the name of a hypothetical hardest material, perhaps literally "invincible," from a- "not" + daman "to conquer, to tame" (see tame (adj.)), or else a word of foreign origin altered to conform to Greek.
Applied in antiquity to white sapphire, magnet (perhaps via confusion with Latin adamare "to love passionately"), steel, emery stone, and especially diamond (see diamond). The word was in Old English as aðamans "a very hard stone."