AskDefine | Define obdurate

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obdurate adj
1 stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing [syn: cussed, obstinate, unrepentant]
2 showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings; "the child's misery would move even the most obdurate heart" [syn: flinty, stony]

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  • italbrac RP /ˈɒbdjʊrət/|/ˈɒbdjʊrɪt/
  • italbrac US /ˈɑːbdjʊrɪt/|/ˈɑːbdʊrɪt/


  1. Stubbornly persistent, generally in wrongdoing; refusing to reform or repent.
    • 1818, Percy Bysshe Shelley,"The Revolt of Islam", canto 4, stanza 9, lines 1486-7,
      But custom maketh blind and obdurate
      The loftiest hearts.
  2. Physically hardened, toughened.

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