adamantine


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ad·a·man·tine

 (ăd′ə-măn′tēn′, -tīn′, -tĭn)
adj.
1. Made of or resembling adamant.
2. Having the hardness or luster of a diamond.
3. Unyielding; inflexible: "If there is one dominant trait that emerges from this account, it is adamantine willpower" (Eugene Linden).

adamantine

(ˌædəˈmæntaɪn)
adj
1. very hard; unbreakable or unyielding
2. having the lustre of a diamond

ad•a•man•tine

(ˌæd əˈmæn tin, -tɪn, -taɪn)

adj.
1. utterly unyielding or firm; hard.
2. like a diamond in luster.
[1200–1250; Middle English < Latin adamantinus < Greek adamántinos. See adamant, -ine1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.adamantine - consisting of or having the hardness of adamantadamantine - consisting of or having the hardness of adamant
2.adamantine - having the hardness of a diamondadamantine - having the hardness of a diamond  
hard - resisting weight or pressure
3.adamantine - impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, reason; "he is adamant in his refusal to change his mind"; "Cynthia was inexorable; she would have none of him"- W.Churchill; "an intransigent conservative opposed to every liberal tendency"
inflexible - incapable of change; "a man of inflexible purpose"

adamantine

adjective
Translations

adamantine

[ˌædəˈmæntaɪn] ADJadamantino

adamantine

adj (liter, lit)diamanten (liter); (fig)hartnäckig
References in classic literature ?
You may struggle nobly for twenty-four hours, maybe, if you are an adamantine sort of person, but in the mean time you will have been so wretchedly served, and so insolently, that you will haul down your colors, and go to impoverishing yourself with fees.
He got home pretty late that night, and when he climbed cautiously in at the window, he uncovered an ambuscade, in the person of his aunt; and when she saw the state his clothes were in her resolution to turn his Saturday holiday into captivity at hard labor became adamantine in its firmness.
Spenlow came in, and then described what had passed; giving him to understand that I was not hopeless of his being able to soften the adamantine jorkins, if he would undertake the task.
Anyhow, with whitewash from the wall on my forehead, my obstinacy was adamantine.
Him the Almighty Power Hurld headlong flaming from th' Ethereal Skie With hideous ruine and combustion down To bottomless perdition, there to dwell In Adamantine Chains and penal Fire, Who durst defie th' Omnipotent to Arms.
I have assailed thy resolution in vain, and mine own is fixed as the adamantine decrees of fate.
It is hooped round with a hollow cylinder of adamant, four feet yards in diameter, placed horizontally, and supported by eight adamantine feet, each six yards high.
The sweetness was turned to adamantine, heartless cruelty, and the purity to voluptuous wantonness.
But the Truth sits veiled there on the Bench, and never interposes an adamantine syllable; and the most sincere and revolutionary doctrine, put as if the ark of God were carried forward some furlongs, and planted there for the succor of the world, shall in a few weeks be coldly set aside by the same speaker, as morbid; "I thought I was right, but I was not,"--and the same immeasurable credulity demanded for new audacities.
To accomplish the change was like a reflux of being, and this when the plasticity of youth was no longer his; when the fibre of him had become tough and knotty; when the warp and the woof of him had made of him an adamantine texture, harsh and unyielding; when the face of his spirit had become iron and all his instincts and axioms had crystallised into set rules, cautions, dislikes, and desires.
The wave of rebellion swept over me in an instant, beginning with an heretical doubt as to the sanctity of the established order of things--that fetish which has ruled Pan-Americans for two centuries, and which is based upon a blind faith in the infallibility of the prescience of the long-dead framers of the articles of Pan-American federation--and ending in an adamantine determination to defend my honor and my life to the last ditch against the blind and senseless regulation which assumed the synonymity of misfortune and treason.
Fyne herself, who had come to the table armed with adamantine resolution.