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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Obdurate  \Ob"du*rate\,  a.  [L.  obduratus  p.  p.  of  obdurare  to 
  harden;  ob  (see  Ob-)+  durare  to  harden,  durus  hard.  See 
  1.  Hardened  in  feelings,  esp.  against  moral  or  mollifying 
  influences;  unyielding;  hard-hearted;  stubbornly  wicked. 
  The  very  custom  of  evil  makes  the  heart  obdurate 
  against  whatsoever  instructions  to  the  contrary. 
  Art  thou  obdurate,  flinty,  hard  as  steel,  Nay,  more 
  than  flint,  for  stone  at  rain  relenteth?  --Shak. 
  2.  Hard;  harsh;  rugged;  rough;  intractable.  ``Obdurate 
  consonants.''  --Swift. 
  Note:  Sometimes  accented  on  the  second  syllable,  especially 
  by  the  older  poets. 
  There  is  no  flesh  in  man's  obdurate  heart. 
  Syn:  Hard;  firm;  unbending;  inflexible;  unyielding;  stubborn; 
  obstinate;  impenitent;  callous;  unfeeling;  insensible; 
  Usage:  {Obdurate},  {Callous},  {Hardened}.  Callous  denotes  a 
  deadening  of  the  sensibilities;  as  a  callous 
  conscience.  Hardened  implies  a  general  and  settled 
  disregard  for  the  claims  of  interest,  duty,  and 
  sympathy;  as  hardened  in  vice.  Obdurate  implies  an 
  active  resistance  of  the  heart  and  will  aganst  the 
  pleadings  of  compassion  and  humanity.  -- 
  {Ob"du*rate*ly},  adv  --  {Ob"du*rate*ness},  n. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Obdurate  \Ob"du*rate\,  v.  t. 
  To  harden.  [Obs.] 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  stubbornly  persistent  in  wrongdoing  [syn:  {cussed},  {obstinate}, 
  2:  showing  unfeeling  resistance  to  tender  feelings;  "the 
  child's  misery  would  move  even  the  most  obdurate  heart" 
  [syn:  {flinty},  {stony}] 

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