Latin for "hard," durus gave us words like endure, duress, durable, today's word obdurate (hard and stubborn), and our previous word __durate (hardened physically or emotionally)--and, because hard things last a long time, during and duration.
This word has Latin roots that mean "hardened against." Obdurate people and things are stubborn in a mean way, and even if you beg them or reason with them, they won't change.
"If you find the hired gardener, bred in some noted school in Europe, setting out trees in straight lines, exhort him to penitence at once. If he remain obdurate, cut the trees down with your little hatchet and pitch them over the fence, but keep your temper as sweet as a June morning."
Explain the meaning of "obdurate" without saying "unresponsive to pleas" or "deaf to reasoning."
Fill in the blanks: "(Someone)'s request to _____ met with an obdurate refusal."
Spend 20 seconds or more on the game below. Don’t skip straight to the review—let your working memory empty out first.
1. A near opposite of OBDURATE is
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