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[ob-doo-ruh-see, -dyoo-] /ˈɒb dʊ rə si, -dyʊ-/
the state or quality of being obdurate.
Origin of obduracy
1590-1600; obdur(ate) + -acy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • To have effected that would have required a strength and obduracy of character incompatible with his meek and innocent nature.

    Colloquies on Society Robert Southey
  • His obduracy, with which you are acquainted, has exceedingly increased.

  • After Washington's success in the Jerseys, the obduracy, and malevolence of the Royalists subsided in some measure.

    Life And Times Of Washington, Volume 2 John Frederick Schroeder
  • Mr. Graham recovered; but his old pride and obduracy did not come back.

    The Telegraph Boy Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • But I was by no means certain, that I should consent to go out of the world in silence, the victim of this man's obduracy and art.

    Caleb Williams William Godwin
  • The obduracy of the Whartons might probably be owing to these two accidents.

    The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
  • I mean not to vindicate his obduracy, yet I wish it were possible it could be surmounted.

    Cecilia, Volume 1 (of 3) Frances Burney
  • We could not afford to quarrel, but the man's obduracy angered me.

    Hurricane Island H. B. Marriott Watson
  • Nothing so softens the obduracy of chaste hearts as the certainty of secrecy.

    Philosophic Nights In Paris Remy De Gourmont
Word Origin and History for obduracy

"stubbornness," 1590s, from obdurate + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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