Definition of Obdurate

1. Adjective. Stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing.

Exact synonyms: Cussed, Obstinate, Unrepentant
Similar to: Unregenerate, Unregenerated
Derivative terms: Cussedness



2. Adjective. Showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings. "The child's misery would move even the most obdurate heart"
Exact synonyms: Flint, Flinty, Granitic, Stony
Similar to: Hardhearted, Heartless
Derivative terms: Granite, Stone, Stone

Definition of Obdurate

1. a. Hardened in feelings, esp. against moral or mollifying influences; unyielding; hard-hearted; stubbornly wicked.

2. v. t. To harden.

Definition of Obdurate

1. Adjective. Stubbornly persistent, generally in wrongdoing; refusing to reform or repent. ¹

2. Adjective. (obsolete) Physically hardened, toughened. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Obdurate

1. stubborn [adj] - See also: stubborn

Medical Definition of Obdurate

1. 1. Hardened in feelings, especially. Against moral or mollifying influences; unyielding; hard-hearted; stubbornly wicked. "The very custom of evil makes the heart obdurate against whatsoever instructions to the contrary." (Hooker) "Art thou obdurate, flinty, hard as steel, Nay, more than flint, for stone at rain relenteth?" (Shak) 2. Hard; harsh; rugged; rough; intractable. "Obdurate consonants." Sometimes accented on the second syllable, especially by the older poets. "There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart." (Cowper) Synonym: Hard, firm, unbending, inflexible, unyielding, stubborn, obstinate, impenitent, callous, unfeeling, insensible, unsusceptible. Obdurate, Callous, Hardened. Callous denotes a deadening of the sensibilities; as. A callous conscience. Hardened implies a general and settled disregard for the claims of interest, duty, and sympathy; as, hardened in vice. Obdurate implies an active resistance of the heart and will aganst the pleadings of compassion and humanity. Ob"durately, Ob"durateness. Origin: L. Obduratus, p. P. Of obdurare to harden; ob (see Ob-)+ durare to harden, durus hard. See Dure. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Obdurate

obconic
obconical
obcordate
obdeltoid
obdiplostemonous
obdiplostemony
obdormition
obdt
obduct
obducted
obducting
obduction
obducts
obduracies
obduracy
obdurate (current term)
obdurated
obdurately
obdurateness
obduratenesses
obdurates
obduration
obdurations
obdure
obdured
obdures
obduring
obe
obeah
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Literary usage of Obdurate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"Antonyms: see SOFTEN. >. toughen, inure, indurate, callous (rare). S. Referring to the feelings, morale, etc.: obdurate (rare) ..."

2. John L. Stoddard's Lectures by John Lawson Stoddard (1897)
"The natives, jeering at their anguish, remained obdurate, and when the dawn revealed the terrible result of those long hours of maddening heat, ..."

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