from The Century Dictionary.

  • Thick-skinned; pachydermatous.

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  • adjective of or relating to or characteristic of pachyderms


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  • So the pachydermic concept with the thunderous footfall is this: can a painter who veers back and forth between emphatically paint-as-paint abstractions (Richter squeegees the stuff across canvases on the studio floor) and a form of painstaking realism be taken seriously as a whole?

    Looking Back At Richter 2007

  • At length, he left the road on which the pachydermic aggregation had lumbered for some distance, and turned up a long lane, leading to a farm-house.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice

  • Instinctively realizing that the pachydermic parade was headed for < i > his room, T. Haviland Hicks, Jr., rushed to the closet, murmuring, "Safety first!" as usual, and stowed away his banjo.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice

  • Perhaps the pachydermic Beef's grim attitude unnerved the wonderful Bob

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice

  • T.e spectacle Butch Brewster beheld was indeed one to paralyze that pachydermic collegian, T. Haviland Hicks, Jr., the sunny-souled, irrepressible Senior, danced madly about on the tiger-skin rug in midfloor, evidently laboring under the delusion that he was a lunatical Hottentot at

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice

  • Big Butch Brewster, his pachydermic frame draped in his gown, and his mortar-board cap on his head, for the Seniors were required to wear their regalia during Commencement week, was bellowing through a megaphone, as he stood on the steps of Bannister Hall, and Mr. Hicks, with his cheerful son, listened:

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice

  • The pachydermic Butch, fully dressed -- and awake, raging in his wrath like an active volcano, glanced at his watch, and discovered that it was exactly five A.M.!

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice

  • Never before, or afterward, not even when the luckless Butch fell in love, and T. Haviland Hicks, Jr., assisted Cupid, did the pachydermic Butch act so insanely as on this occasion.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice

  • Our blundering political system is pachydermic in its irresponsiveness.

    A Preface to Politics Walter Lippmann 1931

  • And absolutely nothing is quite so ghastly sad as the sight of those same well-flushed, well-fleshed Germans cavorting about between the hours of two and four-thirty A.M., trying, with all the pachydermic ponderosity of

    Europe Revised 1910


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