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obduracy n : resoluteness by virtue of being unyielding and inflexible [syn: adamance, unyieldingness]

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  1. The state of being obdurate, intractable, or stubbornly inflexible.


  • 1598, William Shakespeare, King Henry IV Part 2, act 2, sc. 2,
    Thou thinkest me as far in the devil's
    book as thou and Falstaff for obduracy and
  • 1713, Nehemiah Walter, A discourse concerning the wonderfulness of Christ, Eleazer Phillips (Boston), p. 156,
    It might also serve to condemn the obduracy and hard-heartedness of the Jews, who relented not, when even the earth trembled and the rocks rent.
  • 1812, Percy Bysshe Shelley, "On Leaving London for Wales," ln 5-6,
    True mountain Liberty alone may heal
    The pain which Custom's obduracies bring.
  • 1876, Anthony Trollope, The Prime Minister, ch. 53,
    He did not even yet know the obduracy and cleverness and the impregnability of his son-in-law.
  • 1884, Edward Payson Roe, A Young Girl's Wooing, ch. 15,
    The moment she jeopardized his prestige before the world, or interfered with his scheme of success, she would meet rock-like obduracy.
  • 1953, "The World: Stalemate on Austria," New York Times, 2 Aug, p. E2,
    Negotiations long ago reached the point where only Russian obduracy barred agreement.
  • 2007, Simon Hughes, "Chanderpaul finally outwitted by master", 20 June,
    Chanderpaul's obduracy might have broken lesser men, but Panesar more than matched him for relentlessness.

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