Obdurate vs Foolish - What's the difference?

obdurate | foolish |

As adjectives the difference between obdurate and foolish

is that obdurate is stubbornly persistent, generally in wrongdoing; refusing to reform or repent while foolish is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.




(en adjective)
  • Stubbornly persistent, generally in wrongdoing; refusing to reform or repent.
  • * Hooker
  • The very custom of evil makes the heart obdurate against whatsoever instructions to the contrary.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Art thou obdurate , flinty, hard as steel, / Nay, more than flint, for stone at rain relenteth?
  • * 1818 , ,"The Revolt of Islam", canto 4, stanza 9, lines 1486-7:
  • But custom maketh blind and obdurate
    The loftiest hearts.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=February 12 , author=Les Roopanarine , title=Birmingham 1 - 0 Stoke , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=An injury-time goal from Nikola Zigic against an obdurate Stoke side gave Birmingham back-to back Premier League wins for the first time in 14 months.}}
  • (obsolete) Physically hardened, toughened.
  • Synonyms

    * (stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing): hardened, hard-hearted, impertinent, intractable, unrepentant, unyielding, recalcitrant

    Derived terms

    * obduracy






  • Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
  • :
  • *
  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  • Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
  • :
  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise


    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness