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obdurate

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

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

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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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British Dictionary definitions for obdurate

obdurate
/ (ˈɒbdjʊrɪt) /

adjective

not easily moved by feelings or supplication; hardhearted
impervious to persuasion, esp to moral persuasion

Derived forms of obdurate

obduracy 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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