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A'damant. n.s. [adamas, Lat. from α and δάμνω, Gr. that is, insuperable, infrangible.]

  1. A stone, imagined by writers, of impenetrable hardness.

    So great a fear my name amongst them spread,
    That they suppos’d I could rend bars of steel,
    And spurn in pieces posts of adamant.
    Shakesp. Henry V.

    Satan, with vast and haughty strides advanc'd,
    Came tow’ring, arm’d in adamant, and gold.
    Parad. Lost.

                                    Eternal Deities,
    Who rule the world with absolute decrees,
    And write whatever time shall bring to pass,
    With pens of adamant, on plates of brass.
    Dryden's Fables.

  2. The diamond.

    Hardness, wherein some stones exceed all other bodies, and among them the adamant all other stones, being exalted to that degree thereof, that art in vain endeavours to counterfeit it, the factitious stones of chymists, in imitation, being easily detected by an orinary lapidist. Ray on the Creation.

  3. Adamant is taken for the loadstone.

    Let him change his lodging from one end and part of the town to another, which is a great adamant of acquaintance. Bacon, Essay xix.

    You draw me, you hard-hearted adamant!
    But yet you draw not iron; for my heart
    Is true as steel.
    Shakespeare's Midsum Night's Dream.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Henry V (66) · Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream (28) · Milton, John (449) · Ray, John (59)

Attributes: Greek (126) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Adamant." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 5, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=13383.


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