Definitions for adamantˈæd ə mənt, -ˌmænt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. diamond, adamant(adj)

    very hard native crystalline carbon valued as a gem

  2. adamant, adamantine, inexorable, intransigent(adj)

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. adamant(Noun)

    A rock or mineral held by some to be of impenetrable hardness; a name given to the diamond and other substances of extreme hardness.

  2. adamant(Noun)

    An embodiment of impregnable hardness.

  3. adamant(Noun)

    A magnet; a lodestone.

  4. adamant(Adjective)

    Resistant to reason; determined; inflexible; unshakeable; unyielding.

  5. adamant(Adjective)

    Sure, certain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adamant(noun)

    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

  2. Adamant(noun)

    lodestone; magnet

  3. Origin: [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.]

Freebase

  1. Adamant

    Adamant and similar words are used to refer to any especially hard substance, whether composed of diamond, some other gemstone, or some type of metal. Both adamant and diamond derive from the Greek word αδαμαστος, meaning "untameable". Adamantite and adamantium are also common variants. Adamantine has, throughout ancient history, referred to anything that was made of a very hard material. Virgil describes Tartarus as having a screeching gate protected by columns of solid adamantine. Later, by the Middle Ages, the term came to refer to diamond, as it was the hardest material then known, and remains the hardest non-synthetic material known. It was in the Middle Ages, too, that adamantine hardness and the lodestone's magnetic properties became confused and combined, leading to an alternate definition in which "adamant" means magnet, falsely derived from the Latin adamare, which means to love or be attached to. Another connection was the belief that adamant could block the effects of a magnet. This was addressed in chapter III of Pseudodoxia Epidemica, for instance. Since the word diamond is now used for the hardest gemstone, the increasingly archaic term "adamant" has a mostly poetic or figurative use. In that capacity, the name is frequently used in popular media and fiction to refer to a very hard substance.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. ADAMANT

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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Toni Atkins:

    It's resulted in him being even more adamant that he doesn't support tuition increases.

  2. Christopher Lafreniere:

    He didn't like people parking in his space, and he was really, really adamant, i didn't understand why.

  3. Hindu Drama:

    The worse the ill that fate on noble souls Inflicts, the more their firmness; and they arm Their spirits with adamant to meet the blow.

  4. Riek Machar:

    Should President Kiir remain adamant and refuse to hand over power to the people, then the citizens have every right to rise up and overthrow his regime.

  5. Joel Graham:

    This crowd was composed of good, well-meaning people who understood that peace was the only option and were adamant that things remain calm over Eric's death.

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Translations for adamant

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • твърд, непреклонен, неподатливBulgarian
  • neochvějný, neoblomnýCzech
  • felsenfest, unerbittlich, adamant, unnachgiebigGerman
  • categórico, adamantino, firme, impenetrable, inflexible, obstinadoSpanish
  • järkkymätön, peräänantamatonFinnish
  • inflexible, catégoriqueFrench
  • adamantiumGalician
  • adamantino, inflessibileItalian
  • 金剛Japanese
  • 단호한Korean
  • adamantLatin
  • adamantasLithuanian
  • adamant, onvermurwbaar, onbuigzaamDutch
  • steinhardNorwegian
  • zdecydowany, nieustępliwyPolish
  • adamantino, adamantePortuguese
  • категоричный, непреклонный, неподатливый, твёрдый, непоколебимыйRussian
  • adamant, benhård, orubblig, obevekligSwedish
  • adamantinaTagalog

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