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ob·du·rate  audio  (bd-rt, -dy-) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
    1. Hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; stubbornly impenitent: "obdurate conscience of the old sinner" (Sir Walter Scott).
    2. Hardened against feeling; hardhearted: an obdurate miser.
  1. Not giving in to persuasion; intractable. See Synonyms at inflexible.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English obdurat, from Late Latin obdrtus, past participle of obdrre, to harden, from Latin, to be hard, endure : ob-, intensive pref. ; see ob- + drus, hard; see deru- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
obdu·rate·ly(Adverb), obdu·rate·ness(Noun)


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