Definition of obdurate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈäbd(y)ərət/


Stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or course of action.
Example sentences
  • Its best to get in reasonably early as it can be fiendishly difficult to get into, and the doorstaff can be unyielding and obdurate, despite your silver-tongued attempts to gain access.
  • 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.
  • 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.
stubborn, obstinate, intransigent, inflexible, unyielding, unbending, pigheaded, bullheaded, mulish, stiff-necked;
headstrong, unshakable, intractable, unpersuadable, immovable, inexorable, uncompromising, iron-willed, adamant, firm, determined



Pronunciation: /ˈäbd(y)ərəsē/
Example sentences
  • The obduracy and obstinacy of human beings is what enables them to fight for their countries, repel invaders and maintain their solidarity.
  • He celebrated the larrikin streak in the Australian soul, the irreverence, the hedonism and physicality and of course the bloody-minded stoicism, obduracy and deviousness.
  • That despite the obduracy of male politicians with regard to the Women's Bill in Parliament, more women are visible in the political spectrum and in the run up to the forthcoming general elections.


Pronunciation: /ˈäbd(y)ərətlē/
Example sentences
  • In the meantime, liberal capitalist societies have obdurately refused to implode but instead churn out for their increasingly wealthy citizens an abundance of goods and opportunities.
  • All I saw were a lot of disgruntled consumers and, through the windows of obdurately closed stores, a few shop workers taking the opportunity to re-stock the shelves.
  • He has since campaigned obdurately against the Government's ‘elitism’ in health and education, in defiance of the facts.


Example sentences
  • Consumer spending remains depressed, he added, thanks to Bundesbank obdurateness about interest rates.
  • These physical deviations were connected to the spiritual defects of blind literalism and obdurateness.
  • His arrogance, obdurateness and self-righteousness throughout his career isolated him to such a degree that, when the accusations began to fly, nobody jumped up to run to his aid.


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').

  • durable from Middle English:

    This came via Old French from Latin durabilis, from durare ‘to last, harden’. Obdurate (Late Middle English) comes from the same root.

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Syllabification: ob·du·rate

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