Obdurate vs Maverick - What's the difference?

obdurate | maverick |

As adjectives the difference between obdurate and maverick

is that obdurate is stubbornly persistent, generally in wrongdoing; refusing to reform or repent while maverick is showing independence in thoughts or actions.

As a noun maverick is

an unbranded range animal.




(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






    (en adjective)
  • Showing independence in thoughts or actions.
  • He made a maverick decision.
    He is a maverick person.


    (en noun)
  • An unbranded range animal.
  • * Around 1900 , O Henry,
  • Long Bill was a graduate of the camp and trail. Luck and thrift, a cool head, and a telescopic eye for mavericks had raised him from cowboy to be a cowman.
  • One who does not abide by rules.
  • One who creates or uses unconventional and/or controversial ideas or practices.
  • Florence Nightingale would have been perceived as a maverick during her early career, because she was prioritizing hygiene when everybody else involved in healthcare was focused on other things, such as surgery and pills.'' (Source: Edzard Ernst and Simon Singh, ''Trick or Treatment , 2008, p. 36-37.)
  • (poker slang) A queen and a jack as a starting hand in
  • Synonyms

    * (one who does not abide by rules) individualist, lone gunman, nonconformist, rebel

    See also



    * Weisenberg, Michael (2000) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523 English eponyms