Adjective "obdurate" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Stubbornly refusing to change one's opinion or course of action.
  1. 'No one but the most obdurate can fail to acknowledge that the main political problem that has convulsed this beautiful State is still a long way from being resolved.'
  2. 'But I think it saddened him to see people obdurate, unwilling to let go of doctrinaire positions instead of facing issues on their merits.'
  3. 'One Cape Town newspaper headline screamed: ‘Just say yes, Mr President’ but Mbeki remained obdurate.'
  4. 'Over the next few weeks, Rosemary discovered that several other people had planned to open small shops in Camembert, only to give up after encountering obdurate bureaucracy.'
  5. 'That will be grist to McGeechan's mill after an afternoon in which his side struggled to wear down obdurate but limited opponents.'
  6. 'The husband looked up from poking the washing machine with his screwdriver to suggest I was being obdurate.'
  7. 'This was Australia at their obdurate best, probing for every run and every sign of weakness, inching towards respectability and a dangerously competitive total on a pitch of uneven bounce.'
  8. 'The Egyptian polity, remarkably obdurate for the past quarter of a century and deeply rooted in authoritarian structures established more than 50 years ago, is apparently coming apart at the seams.'
  9. 'Those fields didn't miraculously appear there - they were lovingly hewn from the obdurate landscape by men like Willie Corduff and his ancestors.'
  10. 'Two minutes into second half the visitors' obdurate defence finally cracked, for the first time in 280 minutes.'


1. unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn; unyielding.

2. stubbornly resistant to moral influence; persistently impenitent: an obdurate sinner.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be obdurate in matters."

"people can be obdurate in faces."

"people can be obdurate."

"goldsmiths can be obdurate."

"skins can be obdurate."

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Late Middle English (originally in the sense ‘hardened in sin, impenitent’): from Latin obduratus, past participle of obdurare, from ob- ‘in opposition’ + durare ‘harden’ (from durus ‘hard’).