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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ob·du·rate /ˈɑbdərət, djə; ɑbˈdʊrət, əb, ˈdjʊr-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ob·du·rate a.
 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.   --Hooker.
 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.”
 Note:Sometimes accented on the second syllable, especially by the older poets.
    There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart.   --Cowper.
 Syn: -- Hard; firm; unbending; inflexible; unyielding; stubborn; obstinate; impenitent; callous; unfeeling; insensible; unsusceptible.
 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)

 Ob·du·rate v. t. To harden. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]