Words of Note: Obdurate

The word for this Monday is obdurate. It’s what today we call stubborn or obstinate. I may just look for opportunity to use this gem. 

obdurate /ˈäbd(y)ərət/ I. adjective stubbornly refusing to change one's opinion or course of action. II. derivatives 1. obduracy /ˈäbd(y)ərəsē / noun 2. obdurately /ˈäbd(y)ərətlē / adverb 3. obdurateness noun – origin late Middle English (originally in the sense ‘hardened in sin, impenitent’): from Latin obduratus, past participle of obdurare, from ob- ‘in opposition’ + durare ‘harden’ (from durus ‘hard’).

“To the man who will once shrink at the idea of being looked at askance for treachery, or hated for his ill condition, the career is impossible. But let him be obdurate, and the bid will come. "Not because I want him, do I ask for him," says some groaning chief of a party,—to himself, and also s’fficiently aloud for others' ears,—"but because he stings me and goads me, and will drive me to madness as a foe.’ Then the pachydermatous one enters into the other's heaven, probably with the resolution already formed of ousting that unhappy angel.“ —Anthony Trollope, The Prime Minister

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