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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-uh-muh nt, -mant]
    • /ˈæd ə mənt, -ˌmænt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-uh-muh nt, -mant]
    • /ˈæd ə mənt, -ˌmænt/

Definitions of adamancy word

  • noun adamancy a state of resoluteness 3
  • adjective adamancy utterly unyielding in attitude or opinion in spite of all appeals, urgings, etc. 1
  • adjective adamancy too hard to cut, break, or pierce. 1
  • noun adamancy any impenetrably or unyieldingly hard substance. 1
  • noun adamancy a legendary stone of impenetrable hardness, formerly sometimes identified with the diamond. 1
  • noun adamancy The property of being adamant. 1

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Origin of adamancy

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English < Old French adamaunt < Latin adamant- (stem of adamas) hard metal (perhaps steel), diamond < Greek, equivalent to a- a-6 + -damant- verbal adjective of damân to tame, conquer; replacing Old English athamans (< Medieval Latin) and Middle English aymont < Middle French aimant < Vulgar Latin *adimant- < Latin

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Parts of speech for Adamancy


adamancy popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 65% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

adamancy usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adamancy

noun adamancy

  • perseverance — steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
  • obstinacy — the quality or state of being obstinate; stubbornness.
  • inflexibility — not flexible; incapable of or resistant to being bent; rigid: an inflexible steel rod.
  • contumacy — obstinate and wilful rebelliousness or resistance to authority; insubordination; disobedience
  • pigheadedness — stupidly obstinate; stubborn: pigheaded resistance.

Antonyms for adamancy

noun adamancy

  • amenability — ready or willing to answer, act, agree, or yield; open to influence, persuasion, or advice; agreeable; submissive; tractable: an amenable servant.
  • flexibility — capable of being bent, usually without breaking; easily bent: a flexible ruler.
  • irresolution — lack of resolution; lack of decision or purpose; vacillation.
  • indetermination — the quality or condition of being indeterminate.

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