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Synonyms for obdurateˈɒb dʊ rɪt, -dyʊ-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cussed, obdurate, obstinate, unrepentant(adj)

    stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

    unrepentant, wayward, obstinate, stony, flinty, unremorseful, granitic, obdurate, flint, impenitent, cussed, unregenerate, contrary, perverse, stubborn

    regenerate, soft-boiled, softhearted

  2. flinty, flint, granitic, obdurate, stony(adj)

    showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings

    "his flinty gaze"; "the child's misery would move even the most obdurate heart"

    rocklike, rocky, unrepentant, stony, flinty, granitelike, granitic, bouldered, obdurate, flint, cussed, obstinate, bouldery

    softhearted, soft-boiled, regenerate


  1. obdurate(adjective)

    unrepentant, hardened, intractable, unyielding, impertinent, hard-hearted, recalcitrant

  2. obdurate(adjective)

    Stubbornly persistent, generally in wrongdoing; refusing to reform or repent.

    unrepentant, intractable, hardened, recalcitrant, unyielding, impertinent, hard-hearted

  3. obdurate(adjective)

    Physically hardened, toughened.

    unrepentant, impertinent, unyielding, hardened, hard-hearted, intractable, recalcitrant

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. obdurate

    The headstrong person is not to be stopped in his own course of action, while the obstinate and stubborn is not to be driven to another's way. The headstrong act; the obstinate and stubborn may simply refuse to stir. The most amiable person may be obstinate on some one point; the stubborn person is for the most part habitually so; we speak of obstinate determination, stubborn resistance. Stubborn is the term most frequently applied to the lower animals and inanimate things. Refractory implies more activity of resistance; the stubborn horse balks; the refractory animal plunges, rears, and kicks; metals that resist ordinary processes of reduction are termed refractory. One is obdurate who adheres to his purpose in spite of appeals that would move any tender-hearted or right-minded person. Contumacious refers to a proud and insolent defiance of authority, as of the summons of a court. Pertinacious demand is contrasted with obstinate refusal. The unyielding conduct which we approve we call decided, firm, inflexible, resolute; that which we condemn we are apt to term headstrong, obstinate, stubborn. Compare PERVERSE.

    contumacious, decided, determined, dogged, firm, fixed, headstrong, heady, immovable, indomitable, inflexible, intractable, mulish, obstinate, opinionated, persistent, pertinacious, refractory, resolute, resolved, stubborn, unconquerable, unflinching, unyielding

    amenable, complaisant, compliant, docile, dutiful, gentle, irresolute, obedient, pliable, pliant, submissive, teachable, tractable, undecided, wavering, yielding

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. obdurate(a.)

    hardened, obstinate, callous, unfeeling, stubborn, unyielding, dogged, pig-headed, inflexible, inexorable, cantankerous

  2. obdurate(a.)

    depraved, graceless, shameless, reprobate, lost, impenitent, irreclaimable, incorrigible

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  • عنيدArabic
  • opiniâtre, dur comme un roc, têtuFrench
  • onverzettelijk, hardleers, keihard, weerbarstig, koppigDutch
  • упрямый, закалённыйRussian

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