- The definition of obdurate is stubborn or not easily moved to sympathy.
An example of obdurate is a judge who sentences a man without feeling.
This man looks obdurate.
- not easily moved to pity or sympathy; hardhearted
- hardened and unrepenting; impenitent
- not giving in readily; stubborn; obstinate; inflexible
Origin of obdurateMiddle English ; from Classical Latin obduratus, past participle of obdurare, to harden ; from ob-, intensive (see ob-) + durare, to harden ; from durus, hard: see duress
- Not changing in response to argument or other influence; obstinate or intractable: “Everyone in the region has been obdurate in water negotiations with everyone else” (Marq de Villiers).
- a. Hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; stubbornly impenitent: “obdurate conscience of the old sinner” (Sir Walter Scott).b. Hardened against feeling; hardhearted: an obdurate miser.
Origin of obdurateMiddle English obdurat, from Late Latin obdūrātus, past participle of obdūrāre, to harden, from Latin, to be hard, endure : ob-, intensive pref.; see ob– + dūrus, hard; see deru- in Indo-European roots.
- ob′du·ra·cy , ob′du·rate·ness
(comparative more obdurate, superlative most obdurate)