[syn: adamant, adamantine, inexorable, intransigent]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Adamant \Ad"a*mant\ ([a^]d"[.a]*m[a^]nt), n. [OE. adamaunt,
adamant, diamond, magnet, OF. adamant, L. adamas, adamantis,
the hardest metal, fr. Gr. 'ada`mas, -antos; 'a priv. +
dama^,n to tame, subdue. In OE., from confusion with L.
adamare to love, be attached to, the word meant also magnet,
as in OF. and LL. See Diamond, Tame.]
1. A stone imagined by some to be of impenetrable hardness; a
name given to the diamond and other substances of extreme
hardness; but in modern mineralogy it has no technical
signification. It is now a rhetorical or poetical name for
the embodiment of impenetrable hardness.
Opposed the rocky orb
Of tenfold adamant, his ample shield. --Milton.
2. Lodestone; magnet. [Obs.] "A great adamant of
As true to thee as steel to adamant. --Greene.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: 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" [syn: adamant, adamantine, inexorable,
n 1: very hard native crystalline carbon valued as a gem [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
75 Moby Thesaurus words for "adamant":
adamantine, at a standstill, cast-iron, dour, firm, flintlike,
flinty, frozen, granitelike, granitic, grim, hard, hard-core,
immobile, immotile, immotive, immovable, immutable, implacable,
impliable, inductile, inelastic, inexorable, inextensible,
inextensile, inextensional, inflexible, intractable, intractile,
intransigent, iron, irreconcilable, irremovable, irresilient,
lithic, marblelike, nonelastic, nonstretchable, obdurate, pat,
petrified, petrogenic, relentless, rigid, rigorous, rock,
rock-ribbed, slaty, standpat, stationary, steely, stern, stiff,
stone, stubborn, unaffected, unalterable, unbending, unchangeable,
uncompromising, unextendible, unextensible, unflexible, ungiving,
unlimber, unmalleable, unmovable, unmoved, unmoving, unpliable,
unpliant, unrelenting, unswayable, untractable, unyielding
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
(Heb. shamir), Ezek. 3:9. The Greek word adamas means diamond.
This stone is not referred to, but corundum or some kind of hard
steel. It is an emblem of firmness in resisting adversaries of
the truth (Zech. 7:12), and of hard-heartedness against the
truth (Jer. 17:1).
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
ADAMANT, n. A mineral frequently found beneath a corset. Soluble in
solicitate of gold.