adamant adj
From "Adam's Aunt," reputed to be a hard character. Hence, anything tough, or hard.

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  • adamant — {{11}}adamant (adj.) late 14c., hard, unbreakable, from ADAMANT (Cf. adamant) (n.). Figurative sense of unshakeable first recorded 1670s. Related: Adamantly; adamance. {{12}}adamant (n.) mid 14c., from O.Fr. adamant and directly from L. adamantem …   Etymology dictionary

  • adamant — adj. 1) adamant about; in 2) adamant that + clause; subj. when the subjects of the clauses are different (he was adamant that he was fit to go; she was adamant that he not go) * * * [ ædəmənt] in subj. when the subjects of the clauses are… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • adamant — ADAMÁNT, adamante, s.n. (pop.) Diamant (1). – Din sl. adamantŭ. Trimis de ana zecheru, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  ADAMÁNT s. v. diamant. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007. Sursa: Sinonime  adamánt s. n., pl …   Dicționar Român

  • adamant — adj. & n. adj. stubbornly resolute; resistant to persuasion. n. archaic diamond or other hard substance. Derivatives: adamance n. adamantine adj. adamantly adv. Etymology: OF adamaunt f. L adamas adamant untameable f. Gk (as A (1), damao to tame) …   Useful english dictionary

  • adamant — adj. Adamant is used with these nouns: ↑refusal …   Collocations dictionary

  • adamant — [ad′ə mənt, ad′əmant΄] n. [ME & OFr < L adamas (gen. adamantis), the hardest metal < Gr adamas (gen. adamantos) < a , not + daman, to subdue: see TAME] 1. in ancient times, a hard stone or substance that was supposedly unbreakable 2. Old …   English World dictionary

  • adamant — adj 1. flinty, stonelike, rock, rock hard, hard as rock, adamantine; impenetrable; unbreakable, infrangible, imperishable, indestructable. 2. immovable, inflexible, rigid, stiff, firm, unshakeable, obdurate, inexorable, intractable, unyielding,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • adamant — [[t]æ̱dəmənt[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ, oft ADJ that, ADJ about n/ ing If someone is adamant about something, they are determined not to change their mind about it. The prime minister is adamant that he will not resign... Sue was adamant… …   English dictionary

  • adamant — ad|a|mant [ˈædəmənt] adj [Date: 800 900; : Old French; Origin: Latin adamas hardest metal, diamond , from Greek] determined not to change your opinion or a decision that you have made ▪ She begged me to change my mind, but I remained adamant .… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • adamant — adamancy /ad euh meuhn see/, adamance, n. adamantly, adv. /ad euh meuhnt, mant /, adj. 1. utterly unyielding in attitude or opinion in spite of all appeals, urgings, etc. 2. too hard to cut, break, or pierce. n. 3. any impenetrably or… …   Universalium

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