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obdurate

ob·du·rate

obdurate

 
pronunciation:
ab d riht [or] ab dy riht
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: unpersuadable through logic, pity, or sentiment; unyielding.
The obdurate leaders refused to negotiate and war became inevitable.
synonyms:
inflexible, obstinate, rigid, stubborn, unyielding
antonyms:
malleable, pliable, pliant, tractable
similar words:
adamant, balky, bullheaded, immovable, intractable, mulish, pigheaded, set, willful
definition 2: hardhearted or without remorse.
The prisoner might have been granted parole if he had not appeared obdurate.
synonyms:
hardhearted, pitiless, remorseless
similar words:
callous, cruel, grim, merciless, ruthless, stony, unfeeling, unsparing
derivations: obdurately (adv.), obduracy (n.), obdurateness (n.)