(Ob*duct") v. t. [See Obduce.] To draw over; to cover. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.

(Ob*duc"tion) n. [L. obductio.] The act of drawing or laying over, as a covering. [Obs.]

(Ob"du*ra*cy) n. The duality or state of being obdurate; invincible hardness of heart; obstinacy. "Obduracy and persistency." Shak.

The absolute completion of sin in final obduracy.

(Ob"du*rate) a. [L. obduratus, p. p. of obdurare to harden; ob (see Ob-)+ durare to harden, durus hard. See Dure.]

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?

2. Hard; harsh; rugged; rough; intractable. "Obdurate consonants." Swift.

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; unsusceptible. — 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.

(Ob"du*rate) v. t. To harden. [Obs.]

  By PanEris using Melati.

Previous page Back Home Email this Search Discuss Bookmark Next chapter
Copyright: All texts on Bibliomania are © Bibliomania.com Ltd, and may not be reproduced in any form without our written permission. See our FAQ for more details.