Know Your Next Word : obdurate

8. obdurate :

adjective :

stubborn and insensitive

usage :

  • Obdurate contains one of the same roots as durable and endurance. Each word conveys a different sense of hardness.

  • The committee's obdurate refusal to listen to our plan was heartbreaking to us, since we had spent ten years coming up with it.

  • The child begged and begged to have a bubble-gum machine installed in his bedroom, but his parents were obdurate in their insistence that he have a soft-drink machine instead.

  • an obdurate sinner

  • obdurate conscience of the old sinner

  • The very custom of evil makes the heart obdurate against whatsoever instructions to the contrary.

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