Obdurate meaning

ŏb'do͝o-rĭt, -dyo͝o-
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.

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Not changing in response to argument or other influence; obstinate or intractable.
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Not easily moved to pity or sympathy; hardhearted.
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Hardened and unrepenting; impenitent.
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Not giving in readily; stubborn; obstinate; inflexible.
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Stubbornly persistent, generally in wrongdoing; refusing to reform or repent.
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Origin of obdurate

  • Middle English obdurat from Late Latin obdūrātus past participle of obdūrāre to harden from Latin to be hard, endure ob- intensive pref. ob– dūrus hard deru- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Mid 15th century, from Latin obduratus (“hardened"), form of obdÅ«rō, from ob- (“against") + dÅ«rō (“harden, render hard"), from durus (“hard"). Compare durable, endure.
    From Wiktionary