- adam, adolphe charles,
- adam, james,
- adamantine membrane,
Origin of adamant
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.
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|Kevin Fallon|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Emily Shire|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Despite all the visual cues which might suggest otherwise, Manning was adamant that he was not trying to promote himself.
Many of the survivors were adamant that the fighters were made up of foreign nationals from all over the world.
There must then be in beauty and virtue an invincible charm, that opens gates of adamant and softens hearts of steel.Voltaire's Romances|Franois-Marie Arouet
A little dust of snow, fine and dry as flour, whirled about her, and the trail was hard as adamant beneath her pony's feet.Delilah of the Snows|Harold Bindloss
And then we were brought on the Adamant, and handcuffed again.The Road to Paris|Robert Neilson Stephens
Jack and his sister had an unhappy hour over it, but Jean was adamant in her decision.Neighbours|Robert Stead
The property might be sold or squandered,—but the political creed was fixed as adamant.The Prime Minister|Anthony Trollope
Word Origin 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."