Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “an obdurate heart”
2. After a linking verb, as in “Her heart was obdurate.”)
An obdurate person is being so stubborn that you can’t say or do anything to change that person’s thoughts or behavior.
How to use it:
Talk about an obdurate person, a person remaining obdurate, someone’s obdurate behavior, his obdurate refusal to listen, her obdurate determination to win, their obdurate rejection of our plan, and so on.
If I annoyed you with my obdurate refusal to write your college application essay for you, then tough luck— I’m not sorry.
Sadly, the school’s obdurate zero-tolerance policy against plagiarism has resulted in the expulsion of more than one student who was just confused about how to cite sources in a paper.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "obdurate" means when you can explain it without saying "hard-hearted" or "stubborn."
Think of someone you know who stubbornly ignores something even though people try to help with it, and fill in the blanks: “(Name’s) obdurate blindness to _____ may someday_____.”
Example: “Jerrod’s obdurate blindness to the dangers of tobacco may someday kill him.”
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Playing With Words:
This month's game is "guess the common word based on the given literal root meanings." Try it out each day and see the right answer the next day. It can be fun and illuminating to see the literal meanings of words when they came into the language! More than one right answer might be possible in some cases, just so you know. Also, it's okay if you can't come up with most or even any of the answers on your own; just check out the solutions and you'll learn the roots as you go along this month.
"off" + "cut" = ?
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"back" + "throw" = ?
A Point Well Made:
"Rains will come sweet and clean
Let the tears of God keep the mountains green."
1. The opposite of OBDURATE is
2. If you could just be less obdurate for a moment, you could _____.
A. make a lot more money.
B. see the value in the theory opposite to yours.
C. realize how much progress you’ve already made toward your goal.
Answers are below.
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Disclaimer: Word meanings presented here are expressed in plain language and are limited to common, useful applications only. Readers interested in authoritative and multiple definitions of words are encouraged to check a dictionary. Likewise, word meanings, usage, and pronunciations are limited to American English; these elements may vary across world Englishes.
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