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impervious (adj) unaffected or influenced by something and seeming to ignore it; not allowing liquid or gas to pass through.

When you are impervious to others' criticism you are not affected by it; you choose to ignore it as you have been criticized too often. You are impervious to others' opinion if you don't care what others think or say about you. A material not allowing gas or liquid to pass through it is impervious. It is impermeable. A waterproof material is impervious to water.

  • Impervious to the severe criticism at home, even from some of the members of the government, the US went ahead with its war in Vietnam. It went on fighting somebody's war ignoring popular opinion and losing a number of its young men in the process.
  • Some rocks are impervious to moisture, and are unaffected by wear and tear caused by constant flow of water, which affects most other types of rocks.
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