Adamantine…An Unshakeable Word

This word came my way while reading a book on Theodore Roosevelt, who used it to describe his wife, Edith, derived from the adjective, adamant, meaning…

refusing to be persuaded or to change one’s mind: declaring one unbreakable.

 Unknown.jpeg Edith Carow Roosevelt (1861-1948).

In Mrs. Roosevelt’s case, a bit stubborn, locked into her views without any wiggle room…inflexible, unbending, firmly holding her ground.

Iron-willed, uncompromising, rigid and firm.

To put it in urbanese…she had a perpetual stick up her butt.

Teddy, who hated being called that, H.W. Brands, the esteemed author of T.R. The Last Romantic, felt, it may have been because his first wife, Alice, whom he lost at a tender age, called him Teddy.

His perfect, little love, is what he called her.

Edith, on the other hand, seemed made of sturdier stock, hailing from an alcoholic background she stoically survived.

I can relate, since it does toughen you whether it’s your idea or not.

T.R. or the Colonel, his preferred title, loved language. He was never without a book, and wrote 36, give or take.

His prose, a bit flowery but beautiful, with captivating imagery, reflected the times in which he lived.

imagesTheodore Roosevelt (1858-1919).

It’s no wonder he was such a compelling speaker, electric, magnetic…possessing the command of a well-honed vernacular that’s often the case when you read, especially the way he did…three books a week.

But back to Edith, who was no push-over…a person who is easy to overcome or influence.

Considering what a force her husband was for 33 years, I feel she needs commending.

I imagine it was like domesticating a wild bore…oops…I mean boar.

I love Teddy, but can’t deny was a handful, even when you read about him, and Mrs. R’s plate must have been chronically full.

The fact that he describes her as adamantine, says to me, not only did she know her husband, but he too, knew his missus quite well.   Unknown.jpeg


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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91 Responses to Adamantine…An Unshakeable Word

  1. robinsaikia says:

    good word… famously used by Milton:

    “Him the Almighty Power
    Hurled headlong naming from the ethereal sky,
    With hideous ruin and combustion, down
    To bottomless perdition ; there to dwell
    In adamantine chains and penal fire,
    Who durst defy the Omnipotent to arms.”

    In ancient Greek ἀδάμας (adamas), genitive ἀδάμαντος (adamantos), literally “unconquerable, untameable”, referred to both a hard metal (probably steel) and to diamond. In fact, the English word diamond is ultimately derived from adamas, via Late Latin diamas and Old French diamant. The corresponding adjective in English is adamantine, from Latin adamantinus and Greek ἀδαμάντινος.

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  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, I have never come across the word ‘adamantine’. I love new words, especially old ones that have been put in the attic to gather dust.


  3. I enjoyed your descriptions of these larger-than-life people. Your prose equals that of TR.

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  4. I laughed that Mrs. R’s plate must have been chronically full. You do have a way with words!

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    • One of my favorite Teddy/Edith stories is when he got shot and insisted on finishing his speech with that over-the-top swagger he’s so famous for…UNTIL…she showed up at the hospital and he went from lion to cub, without passing go. I can just hear her…NOW THEODORE…GET INTO BED..RIGHT NOW!!!

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  5. Dale says:

    I’m thinking he met his match in Edith.
    Words, are a beautiful thing and yes, the more you read, the more words you accumulate. Some have a gift in putting those words into prose that leaves me sighing.

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  6. It is so refreshing to visit you, Susannah. There is always something to learn here. We all think of TR but now Edith sounds fascinating. Thanks. 😊

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  7. TR was an amazing man for sure. Bully!

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