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ad·a·mant

 (ăd′ə-mənt, -mănt′)
adj.
Not willing to change one's opinion, purpose, or principles; unyielding.
n.
1. A stone once believed to be impenetrable in its hardness.
2. An extremely hard substance.

[From Middle English, a hard precious stone, from Old French adamaunt, from Latin adamās, adamant-, from Greek, unconquerable, hard steel, diamond; see demə- in Indo-European roots.]

ad′a·mance, ad′a·man·cy n.
ad′a·mant·ly adv.

adamance

(ˈædəməns) or

adamancy

n
a state of resoluteness
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Noun1.adamance - resoluteness by virtue of being unyielding and inflexibleadamance - resoluteness by virtue of being unyielding and inflexible
firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolve, firmness, resolution - the trait of being resolute; "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"
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Within the revue's administration, public adamance against any suggestion of lesbianism probably stems from its early history, when, as Robertson notes in Takarazuka, an alleged affair in 1929 between otokoyaku Miyako Nara and film actress Yaeko Mizutani got into the press; and when the rival Shochiku Revue's female role player Eriko Saijo and her partner, Yasumare Masuda, attempted a double suicide in 1935, this also made it into the papers.
In his remarks at Toronto, director Wayne Blair noted author Dalia Sofer's adamance about not selling her international bestseller to "Hollywood.
Harriet Martineau's correspondence," explains Martineau's adamance regarding the destruction of her letters; she no longer wrote to her brother when he refused to agree.