ob·du·rate (ŏbd-rĭt, -dy-)
1. Not changing in response to argument or other influence; obstinate or intractable: "Everyone in the region has been obdurate in water negotiations with everyone else" (Marq de Villiers).
a. Hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; stubbornly impenitent: "obdurate conscience of the old sinner" (Sir Walter Scott).
b. Hardened against feeling; hardhearted: an obdurate miser.
[Middle English obdurat, from Late Latin obdūrātus, past participle of obdūrāre, to harden, from Latin, to be hard, endure : ob-, intensive pref.; see OB- + dūrus, hard; see deru- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
obdu·ra·cy (-dr-ə-sē, -dyr-), obdu·rate·ness n.
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