utterly unyielding in attitude or opinion in spite of all appeals, urgings, etc.
too hard to cut, break, or pierce.
any impenetrably or unyieldingly hard substance.
a legendary stone of impenetrable hardness, formerly sometimes identified with the diamond.
Though the Obama administration has dethroned them, noecons continue to argue their views as adamantly as ever.
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Paul adamantly insisted that the message he preached did not derive from the apostles before him.
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But her story, which she stuck to adamantly, was a series of elaborate lies.
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The kettle was adamantly calling the pot black as Netanyahu accused Iran of doing all sorts of shady things with nuclear power.
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Vidal adamantly believed “gay” referred to a sexual act, not a sexual identity.
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Kelley adamantly refuses to characterize her feelings toward Broadwell, an academic and former Army officer.
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But he adamantly refused to apologize, and chorus of Marines who surrounded him bristled at the suggestion.
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adamantly, Browne has refused to discuss his responsibility for the Gulf crisis.
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He there recorded a 1593 Doctrina, but adamantly refused to accept it on the hearsay evidence of others.
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This is a brutish Malthusianism which must be adamantly countered.
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unshakable in purpose, determination, or opinion; unyielding
a less common word for adamantine (sense 1)
any extremely hard or apparently unbreakable substance
a legendary stone said to be impenetrable, often identified with the diamond or loadstone
late 14c., “hard, unbreakable,” from adamant (n.). Figurative sense of “unshakeable” first recorded 1670s. Related: Adamantly; adamance.
mid-14c., from Old French adamant and directly from Latin adamantem (nominative adamas) “adamant, hardest iron, steel,” also figuratively, of character, from Greek adamas (genitive adamantos) “unbreakable, inflexible” metaphoric of anything unalterable, also the name of a hypothetical hardest material, perhaps literally “invincible,” from a- “not” + daman “to conquer, to tame” (see tame (adj.)), or else a word of foreign origin altered to conform to Greek.
Applied in antiquity to white sapphire, magnet (perhaps via confusion with Latin adamare “to love passionately”), steel, emery stone, and especially diamond (see diamond). The word was in Old English as aðamans “a very hard stone.”
(Heb. shamir), Ezek. 3:9. The Greek word adamas means diamond. This stone is not referred to, but corundum or some kind of hard steel. It is an emblem of firmness in resisting adversaries of the truth (Zech. 7:12), and of hard-heartedness against the truth (Jer. 17:1).
. Historical Examples This is expressly said by Hesychius, and many epithets derived from adamas are applied to articles made of steel or of iron. A History of Inventions, Discoveries, and Origins, Volume II (of 2) Johann Beckman The Greeks name it adamas,—which signifieth, the invincible. Sulamith: A Romance of Antiquity Alexandre Kuprin This was […]
a branch of the Niger-Congo family of languages, centered in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and the Central African Republic, including Sango and Zande.
noun a state of Nigeria, in the E on the border with Cameroon. Capital: Yola. Pop: 3 168 101 (2006). Area: 36 917 sq km (14 254 sq miles) a small group of languages of W Africa, spoken chiefly in E Nigeria, N Cameroon, the Central African Republic, and N Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly […]
- Adamawa massif
a plateau in W central Africa, in central Cameroon and E Nigeria.