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Meaning of OBDURATE

Pronunciation:  'âbdûrit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings; "the child's misery would move even the most obdurate heart"
  2. [adj]  stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

OBDURATE is a 8 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: cussed, flinty, hardhearted, heartless, obstinate, stony, unregenerate, unregenerated, unrepentant



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ob"du*rate\, a. [L. obduratus, p. p. of obdurare to
    harden; ob (see Ob-)+ durare to harden, durus hard. See
    1. Hardened in feelings, esp. 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.
             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.'' --Swift.
    Note: Sometimes accented on the second syllable, especially
          by the older poets.
                There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart.
    Syn: Hard; firm; unbending; inflexible; unyielding; stubborn;
         obstinate; impenitent; callous; unfeeling; insensible;
    Usage: {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"du*rate*ly}, adv. -- {Ob"du*rate*ness}, n.
  2. \Ob"du*rate\, v. t.
    To harden. [Obs.]
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