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Definition stubbornly persistent — especially in wrongdoing

or more rarely (except in classic literature):

showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
  • Some of the protestors disbanded when the police arrived, but others remained obdurate.
obdurate = stubbornly persistent
  • the child's misery would move even the most obdurate heart
  • For the last two days I have been dead, slain by the thought of the cruelty with which thou hast treated me, obdurate knight,
    Cervantes, Miguel  --  Don Quixote
  • Pharaoh was obdurate for his heart was hardened.
  • But at one part of the line there was a grim and obdurate group that made no movement.
    Crane, Stephen  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Miss Dartle,' said I, 'if you can be so obdurate as not to feel for this afflicted mother ...
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
  • It's very kind in him, but I don't want him to, I'm sure,' said Kit, hammering stoutly at an obdurate nail.
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Old Curiosity Shop
  • since he stands obdurate,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • obdurate = stubbornly persistent; or showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
  • The stony obduracy shattered and what shone through was the countenance of an insanely angry child.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • obduracy = stubborn persistence
  • Breakfast, dinner, and supper were very silent meals—for Anne still remained obdurate.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • obdurate = stubbornly persistent
  • He was cruel enough to inflict the severest punishment, artful enough to descend to the lowest trickery, and obdurate enough to be insensible to the voice of a reproving conscience.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • obdurate = showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings (and stubbornly persistent in doing that wrong)
  • Madam, if your heart be so obdurate,
    Vouchsafe me yet your picture for my love,
    The picture that is hanging in your chamber;
    To that I'll speak, to that I'll sigh and weep;
    For, since the substance of your perfect self
    Is else devoted, I am but a shadow;
    And to your shadow will I make true love.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • obdurate = stubbornly showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
  • "Over the years military planners have arrived at a rule of thumb which dictates that functional fighting units cannot be substantially larger than 200 men," Dunbar writes. ...companies have remained obdurately stuck at this size despite all the advances in communications technology since the first world war.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • obdurately = stubbornly persistent
  • It seemed to Ralph, as he and Helen tried to figure out what paying their full taxes would mean, that mistakes were harder to erase than he remembered. Was he using a different kind of pencil? Also, the numbers themselves seemed solid, obdurate, much less fun. Instead of many ways, among which he could pick, they came out one way. And the way they came out, he and Helen listed between barely squeezing by and undeniably short.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • obdurate = stubbornly persistent and unconcerned with others feelings
  • Breakfast, dinner, and supper were very silent meals—for Anne still remained obdurate.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Francois was obdurate, but when he turned his back Buck again displaced Sol-leks, who was not at all unwilling to go.
    London, Jack  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Even her obdurate nature was touched.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  The Moonstone
  • Withal obdurate, do not hear him plead;
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Richard III
  • But Michael was obdurate.
    London, Jack  --  Michael, Brother of Jerry
  • Be not obdurate, open thy deaf ears.
    Shakespeare, William  --  Titus Andronicus

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