adamantine

[ad-uh-man-teen, -tin, -tahyn]

adjective

utterly unyielding or firm in attitude or opinion.
too hard to cut, break, or pierce.
like a diamond in luster.

Nearby words

  1. adam, james,
  2. adam-and-eve,
  3. adama,
  4. adamant,
  5. adamantane,
  6. adamantine membrane,
  7. adamantinoma,
  8. adamantly,
  9. adamawa,
  10. adamawa massif

Origin of adamantine

1200–1250; Middle English < Latin adamantinus < Greek adamántinos. See adamant, -ine1

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British Dictionary definitions for adamantine

adamantine

adjective

very hard; unbreakable or unyielding
having the lustre of a diamond
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Word Origin and History for adamantine

adamantine

adj.

c.1200, from Latin adamantinus "hard as steel, inflexible," from Greek adamantinos, from adamas (see adamant (n.)).

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