Know Your Next Word : obdurate
8. obdurate :
stubborn and insensitive
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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