- 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 adamantly
To this day, Bush media maven Roger Ailes adamantly denies that he or the campaign had any role in the Willie Horton mug shot ad.Want President Hillary? Then Primary Her
November 24, 2014
BYU adamantly denied that his dismissal had anything to do with his sexuality.Mormon U. Forces Gays to Be Celibate
May 13, 2014
Hamas grabbed a bucket of popcorn and watched with glee while Israel adamantly denied any involvement in Arafat's untimely death.Radioactive Revelations Raise the Question: Who Killed Arafat?
November 8, 2013
The kettle was adamantly calling the pot black as Netanyahu accused Iran of doing all sorts of shady things with nuclear power.Netanyahu’s Iran Soliloquy at the U.N.
October 2, 2013
An environmentalist group wants hurricanes and storm systems named after politicians who adamantly deny global warming exists.Hurricane Marco Rubio: Name the Storms After Those Who Deny Global Warming Exists
September 9, 2013
- 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 adamantly
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."
late 14c., "hard, unbreakable," from adamant (n.). Figurative sense of "unshakeable" first recorded 1670s. Related: Adamantly; adamance.