Definition of adamant in English:
- Sampson is adamant in her belief that language requirements for admission should be stricter.
- They were adamant that they would not allow the council to carry out work on the house nor the family to take up residence.
- However, Maria is adamant that gender has never been an issue in her career.
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- Example sentences
- Others argue with equal adamance that abortion constitutes the unwarranted taking of human life.
- He refused to let anyone adapt his novels for the screen; and I think his adamance at this made a lot of sense.
- As my adamance waned, I began to notice more evidence that gender did seem to matter - at least some of the time.
- Example sentences
- They were somewhat opposed to Mr. Clay's adamancy that they must go ahead with the withdrawal.
- The rigidity and adamancy to continue with the strike action until management appears to capitulate leads to a dead end.
- His entire statement had been quietly but firmly said in a state of shame and sadness, but this last line was full of adamancy.
Old English (as a noun), from Old French adamaunt-, via Latin from Greek adamas, adamant, 'untamable, invincible' (later used to denote the hardest metal or stone, hence diamond), from a- 'not' + daman 'to tame'. The phrase to be adamant dates from the 1930s, although adjectival use had been implied in such collocations as “an adamant heart” since the 16th century.
The Greek word adamas, originally meaning ‘invincible or untameable’, came to be applied to the hardest metal or stone and to diamond, the hardest naturally occurring substance. Via Latin it was the source not only of adamant but also of diamond. In Old English adamant was the name given to a legendary rock so hard that it was believed to be impenetrable. Early medieval Latin writers mistakenly explained the word as coming from adamare ‘take a liking to’ and associated adamant with the lodestone or magnet which ‘takes a liking’ to iron, and the word passed into modern languages with this confusion of meaning. The modern use, with its notion of unyielding conviction, is much more recent, probably dating from the 1930s.
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