V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. not easily influenced by others--stubborn; 2. resistant to emotion--hardhearted

Synonyms: stubborn, unyielding, firm, inflexible, rigid, obstinate, hard-hearted, unemotional, stoic, callous, headstrong, unfeeling

Antonyms: submissive, relenting, compassionate, emotional, tender, sympathetic

Tips: Obdurate is derived from the Latin obdurare, "to be hard." Someone who is described as obdurate can be hard-headed, hard-hearted, or both. Obdurate is synonymous with obstinate. See obstinate for additional analysis.

Usage Examples:

He was obdurate in his demands and there was nothing I could do to change his mind. (unyielding, inflexible)

He strongly believed in the new policy and took an obdurate stance in its support. (firm, rigid, hard-headed)

The President remains obdurate about his tax cuts and will not consider any recommendation that rolls the tax cuts back. (firm, rigid, stubborn)

It takes an obdurate person to lay off employees without any consideration of their feelings and well being. (cold-hearted, callous)

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