obdurate obdurate  /ˈɑb də rət/


  1. (adj) stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
  2. (adj) showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings


  1. The employees have been agitating for a raise for the past six months but the management is obdurate that no salary revision is possible at the moment.
  2. The Security Council spokesperson declared that the erring country was being unreasonable and obdurate and the sanctions will continue.
  3. The minister remained obdurate that he had not done anything wrong by entering the lion's cage with his gun toting bodyguard.


  • Chelsea win again, but Villa left seething

    Chelsea overcame obdurate opposition from Aston Villa to secure a hard-fought 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday that maintained their early momentum in the fledgling Premier League season.
    on August 22, 2013     Source: Fox News


  1. "I'm calling on African leaders to persuade Mr Mugabe to step down and say to him that he does still have the chance of redeeming, of salvaging some of his legacy and could be provided with a soft landing. If he continues and remains as obdurate as...
    on Apr 24, 2008 By: Desmond Tutu Source: Independent Online

  2. "The longer the regime is obdurate, and the more people hear about problems from within, and if ASEAN cannot make an impact or influence, then one way or another it leads to the Security Council," Mr Razali told Reuters in a telephone interview.
    on Jan 8, 2006 By: Razali Ismail Source: NEWS.com.au

  3. McCain said that "only an obdurate refusal to face unpleasant facts could allow one to believe we have rushed into war."
    on Sep 4, 2008 By: John McCain Source: DemocracyArsenal.org (blog)

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