Definition of obdurate in English:


Syllabification: ob·du·rate
Pronunciation: /ˈäbd(y)ərit




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  • 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.


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  • 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.


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  • 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').

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