One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Refusing to be persuaded or to change one's mind.‘he is adamant that he is not going to resign’
unshakeable, immovable, inflexible, unwavering, uncompromising, resolute, resolved, determined, firm, rigid, steadfastView synonyms
- ‘We tried to persuade them to let us show the film at Edinburgh, but Venice's new director was adamant that we couldn't.’
- ‘He is adamant that he will never marry again and guards his new-found freedom fiercely.’
- ‘When I started this site, I was adamant that no personal details of my life would find their way on to these pages.’
- ‘She's adamant that she'll begin an indefinite hunger strike once she reaches jail.’
- ‘Many of them, I am afraid, are simply adamant in their views and are not interested in the evidence.’
- ‘The group is adamant that these protests will continue until the club is closed.’
- ‘But he is adamant that there is not a word of truth in any of these stories, and that, for the time being at least, he is here to stay.’
- ‘The mast has been shown to adhere to safe radiation levels but Ryan is adamant that it gives him headaches and dizzy spells.’
- ‘Andrew was adamant that his son would not suffer the horrors he had.’
- ‘College authorities are adamant that the issue has been dealt with.’
- ‘The biotech companies remain adamant that they will not foot the bill, and that it is a matter for insurance by farmers.’
- ‘They were adamant that they would not allow the council to carry out work on the house nor the family to take up residence.’
- ‘But the peace protesters were adamant that civil disobedience was the only course of action left to them.’
- ‘However, Maria is adamant that gender has never been an issue in her career.’
- ‘However, the spokesman was adamant that the nursery had not been forced out of the church hall by rent increases.’
- ‘Sampson is adamant in her belief that language requirements for admission should be stricter.’
- ‘The port authority has been adamant that a split train unloading system was not an option.’
- ‘Findlay is no less adamant when it comes to future funding for the company.’
- ‘The calls stopped abruptly that weekend, but Frisk is adamant that his decision is final.’
- ‘At the time, they were adamant that women were queuing up for copies.’
A legendary rock or mineral to which many, often contradictory, properties were attributed, formerly associated with diamond or lodestone.
- ‘As for the magical metal, asiceton, it sounds like adamant.’
Old English (as a noun), from Old French adamaunt-, via Latin from Greek adamas, adamant-, ‘untameable, invincible’ (later used to denote the hardest metal or stone, hence diamond), from a- ‘not’ + daman ‘to tame’. The phrase to be adamant dates from the 1930s, although adjectival use had been implied in such collocations as ‘an adamant heart’ since the 16th century.
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