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obdurate
used in David Copperfield

5 uses
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Definition stubbornly persistent — especially in wrongdoing

or more rarely (except in classic literature):

showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
  • 'Now, David,' said Mr. Murdstone, 'a sullen obdurate disposition is, of all tempers, the worst.'
    Chapters 7-9 (66% in)
  • But he looked such a very obdurate butcher as he stood scraping the great block in the shop, and moreover, his appearance was so little improved by the loss of a front tooth which I had knocked out, that I thought it best to make no advances.
    Chapters 19-21 (23% in)
  • But I found out afterwards that he was a mild man of a heavy temperament, whose place in the business was to keep himself in the background, and be constantly exhibited by name as the most obdurate and ruthless of men.
    Chapters 22-24 (73% in)
  • I was completely bewildered between Mr. Spenlow and Mr. jorkins, as to which of them really was the objecting partner; but I saw with sufficient clearness that there was obduracy somewhere in the firm, and that the recovery of my aunt's thousand pounds was out of the question.
    Chapters 34-36 (40% in)
  • 'Miss Dartle,' said I, 'if you can be so obdurate as not to feel for this afflicted mother —'
    Chapters 55-57 (59% in)

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