Origin of obdurate
Examples from the Web for obdurate
Yet instead of scaling back their political ambitions in the face of an obdurate reality, they are escalating them.
It happened because of massive and obdurate resistance to reasonable change.
Wotan cannot but be obdurate; he pronounces sentence on Siegmund and goes off in a storming rage.Richard Wagner|John F. Runciman
For a long while his supplications made no impression on the obdurate African.The Funny Philosophers|George Yellott
She had made an earnest effort to avoid the journey, but Anne of Austria was obdurate and cruel.Louis XIV., Makers of History Series|John S. C. Abbott
For this marriage, after playing the obdurate and irascible godfather so long, he was suddenly transformed into a fairy godmother.The Stones of Paris in History and Letters, Volume II (of 2)|Benjamin Ellis Martin
The governor was obdurate in his decision to stick in the race.
British Dictionary definitions for obdurate
Word Origin for obdurate
Word Origin and History for obdurate
mid-15c., "stubborn; hardened," from Latin obduratus "hardened," past participle of obdurare "be hard, hold out, persist, endure," from ob "against" (see ob-) + durare "harden, render hard," from durus "hard" (see endure). Related: Obdurately.