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Wednesday, September 29, 1999

Definitions for obdurate

  1. Hardened in wrongdoing; stubbornly wicked. Hardened in feelings; hard-hearted.
  2. Resistant to persuasion; unyielding.
  3. Hard; harsh; rugged; rough.

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Citations for obdurate
The obdurate conscience of the old sinner. Sir Walter Scott, Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft
The King appearing obdurate, she abandons her plea. Ethan Mordden, Coming Up Roses
Origin of obdurate
late Middle English
1400-1450
Obdurate derives from the past participle of Latin obdurare, "to be hard against," from ob-, "against" + durus, "hard."
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