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Daemon
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obdurate

(adjective) Hardened against feeling; hardhearted.

Synonyms: granitic, stony, flinty

Usage: The child's misery would move even the most obdurate heart.
lazarius
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It was a piteous spectacle to see that woman in the prison–yard from day to day, eagerly and fervently attempting, by affection and entreaty, to soften the hard heart of her obdurate son. It was in vain. He remained moody, obstinate, and unmoved.

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The Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens

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Mehrdad77
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obdurate (adj.)
mid-15c., "stubborn, inexorable, unyielding; hardened," especially against moral influences; "stubbornly wicked," from Latin obduratus "hardened," past participle of obdurare "harden, render hard; be hard or hardened; hold out, persist, endure," in Church Latin "to harden the heart against God," from ob "against" (see ob-) + durare "harden, render hard," from durus "hard," from PIE *dru-ro-, suffixed variant form of root *deru- "be firm, solid, steadfast." Variant opturate is from early 15c. in medicine in a literal sense of "stopped, obstructed." Related: Obdurately; obdurateness.

Mehrdad77
Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2021 1:58:18 AM

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Obdurate is a formal word meaning stubborn. If you want to major in English, but your parents are obdurate that you should go premed, they might go so far as to threaten not to pay your tuition.
Mehrdad77
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This adjective descends from Latin obdurare, "to harden." A near synonym is adamant, from Latin adamas, "hard metal, diamond." So both of these synonyms derive from the quality of hardness being associated with a stubborn personality.
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"We were ... not surprised but disappointed by the very stubborn and obdurate reaction we encountered in Belgrade."


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