boldness or daring; courage.
audacity or impudence.
strength; power; vigor: the hardihood of youth.
hardy spirit or character; determination to survive; fortitude: the hardihood of early settlers.

1625–35; hardy1 + -hood

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hardihood (ˈhɑːdɪˌhʊd)
courage, daring, or audacity

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Example sentences
Militarism is the great preserver of our ideals of hardihood, and human life
  with no use for hardihood would be contemptible.
Far several decades the townsfolk have held annually their memorial service for
  those who have paid for hardihood with life.
They might not dare to open the great charter which had been won by their
  hardihood and patriotism.
They would not be here if they did not bear within them the hardihood of
  pioneers, a courage of no mean order.
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