obduracy

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obdurate +‎ -cy.

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obduracy (plural obduracies)

  1. The state of being obdurate, intractable, or stubbornly inflexible.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, King Henry IV Part 2, act 2, sc. 2,
      Thou thinkest me as far in the devil's
      book as thou and Falstaff for obduracy and
      persistency.
    • 1713, Nehemiah Walter, A discourse concerning the wonderfulness of Christ, Eleazer Phillips (Boston), p. 156,
      It might also serve to condemn the obduracy and hard-heartedness of the Jews, who relented not, when even the earth trembled and the rocks rent.
    • 1812, Percy Bysshe Shelley, "On Leaving London for Wales," ln 5-6,
      True mountain Liberty alone may heal
      The pain which Custom's obduracies bring.
    • 2007, Simon Hughes, "Chanderpaul finally outwitted by master" Telegraph.co.uk, 20 June,
      Chanderpaul's obduracy might have broken lesser men, but Panesar more than matched him for relentlessness.

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