When you try to explain something to a person, and they still believe in what they want to, even if you've given them evidences to prove your point, what is that person called?

I mean, a person with whom reasoning is pointless, because you know that whether or not deep down they know you're right, they will still shut their ears to what you're saying because they've decided what they're gonna believe in - what do you call them?

"Stubborn" doesn't do the trick.

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    What's wrong with stubborn? Also if there is a word for this in your native language you could mention this, and explain why a bilingual dictionary didn't help. – James K Apr 8 '17 at 6:38
  • @JamesK, stubborn has a much broader meaning. Winston Churchill was definitely stubborn, but at the same time he was open-minded and had a voracious appetite for new information. – JavaLatte Apr 8 '17 at 7:27
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    They could be 'blind to the truth', or 'stubborn as a mule'." to be very determined not to change your decision or opinion about something, even when it is wrong You won't get him to change his mind - he's as stubborn as a mule." The Free Dictionary – WRX Apr 9 '17 at 13:34

You could call such a person obstinate, stubbornly refusing to change one's opinion despite compelling reason or evidence.


The word blinkered is probably appropriate. Here is the definition from the Cambridge Dictionary:

A blinkered person is unable or unwilling to understand other people's beliefs, and blinkered opinions or ways of behaving show someone is unable or unwilling to understand other people

The word indicates that somebody metaphorically has their eyes covered: it is a reference to blinkers:

A pair of small leather screens attached to a horse's bridle to prevent it seeing sideways and behind and being startled


Ignorant is a choice word for me. If you say, "You are ignorant." Or, "You are ignorant to the truth." These mean essentially the same thing as stubborn however, a little more in line with ignoring facts.


Here is an idiom and two adjectives expressing different nuances of meaning:

  1. Doubting Thomas. It's an idiom meaning a person who refuses to believe anything until they are shown proof, but I am not quite sure if it suits you since you say that you've given the people evidences proving your point.

  2. Bullheaded, 'very determined to do what you want to do, especially without considering other people's feelings'.

  3. Wilful, '(of something bad) done intentionally or (of a person) determined to do exactly as you want, even if you know it is wrong'.

All the meanings are taken from the Cambridge Dictionary.

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