Stubbornly persistent, generally in wrongdoing; refusing to reform or repent.
- The very custom of evil makes the heart obdurate against whatsoever instructions to the contrary.
* 1818 , ,"The Revolt of Islam", canto 4, stanza 9, lines 1486-7:
- Art thou obdurate , flinty, hard as steel, / Nay, more than flint, for stone at rain relenteth?
- But custom maketh blind and obdurate
- The loftiest hearts.
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(obsolete) Physically hardened, toughened.
* (stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing): hardened, hard-hearted, impertinent, intractable, unrepentant, unyielding, recalcitrant
Showing independence in thoughts or actions.
- He made a maverick decision.
- He is a maverick person.
An unbranded range animal.
* Around 1900 , O Henry,
One who does not abide by rules.
One who creates or uses unconventional and/or controversial ideas or practices.
- 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.
(poker slang) A queen and a jack as a starting hand in
- 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.)
* (one who does not abide by rules) individualist, lone gunman, nonconformist, rebel
* Weisenberg, Michael (2000)
The Official Dictionary of Poker.
MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523