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Friday, November 04, 2016

Definitions for obdurate

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

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Citations for obdurate
Still, Michael was unforgiving. Stubborn as a balking goat. When, after they'd become engaged, Corinne had wanted to see her friend one final time to explain what had happened, Michael was obdurate in opposition: no. Joyce Carol Oates, We Were the Mulvaneys, 1996
… neither the sobriety of our demeanour, nor the honest protestation of our cause, had any effect on the obdurate heart of the apostate James Sharp … John Galt, Ringan Gilhaize; or, The Covenanters, 1823
Origin of obdurate
late Middle English
Obdurate comes from the past participle of the Latin verb obdūrāre, a derivative of the the adjective dūrus "hard." In Classical Latin obdurare meant "to harden, be hard," and also "to hold out, endure." In Late and Christian Latin, the verb meant "to harden the heart (against truth or God)." It entered English in the mid-1400s.