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ad•a•mant /ˈædəmənt, -ˌmænt/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
inflexible:an adamant refusal.[be + ~ (+ that clause)]He was adamant that he was in the right.
(ad′ə mənt, -mant′),USA pronunciation adj.
- utterly unyielding in attitude or opinion in spite of all appeals, urgings, etc.
- too hard to cut, break, or pierce.
(ad′ə mən sē),USA pronunciation ad′a•mance, n.
- any impenetrably or unyieldingly hard substance.
- Jewelrya legendary stone of impenetrable hardness, formerly sometimes identified with the diamond.
- Vulgar Latin *adimant-
- Middle French aimant
- Medieval Latin) and Middle English aymont
- Greek, equivalent. to a- a-6 + -damant- verbal adjective, adjectival of damân to tame, conquer; replacing Old English athamans (
- Latin adamant- (stem of adamas) hard metal (perh. steel), diamond
- Old French adamaunt
- bef. 900; Middle English
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged inflexible, rigid, uncompromising.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged flexible, easygoing, yielding.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
adamant /ˈædəmənt/ adj
- unshakable in purpose, determination, or opinion; unyielding
Etymology: Old English: from Latin adamant-, stem of adamas, from Greek; literal meaning perhaps: unconquerable, from a-1 + daman to tame, conquer
- any extremely hard or apparently unbreakable substance
- a legendary stone said to be impenetrable, often identified with the diamond or loadstone
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