obdurate

[ ob-doo-rit, -dyoo- ]
/ ˈɒb dʊ rɪt, -dyʊ- /

adjective

unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn; unyielding.
stubbornly resistant to moral influence; persistently impenitent: an obdurate sinner.

Origin of obdurate

1400–50; late Middle English obdurat < Latin obdūrātus (past participle of obdūrāre to harden), equivalent to ob- ob- + dūr(us) hard + -ātus -ate1
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obdurate

/ (ˈɒbdjʊrɪt) /

adjective

not easily moved by feelings or supplication; hardhearted
impervious to persuasion, esp to moral persuasion
Derived Formsobduracy or obdurateness, nounobdurately, adverb

Word Origin for obdurate

C15: from Latin obdūrāre to make hard, from ob- (intensive) + dūrus hard; compare endure
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Word Origin and History for obdurate

obdurate


adj.

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.

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