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[hahr-dee-hoo d] /ˈhɑr diˌhʊd/
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.
Origin of hardihood
1625-35; hardy1 + -hood Unabridged
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  • "Just so," rejoined the Italian, with a hardihood that seemed to sit easily upon him.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • The Baron had the hardihood to call upon us the next day; of course, in vain.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • If he really possessed the hardihood to ask Louise to do this for him, she would laugh at him.

  • It was like predestined welcome, a confirming of his hardihood.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • The hardihood with which the Russians endure pain has often been remarked.

  • And again he was alone with the situation he had created in the hardihood and inexperience of his heart.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • A bold, freebooting Amazon she appeared, standing there in the fire-glow, and one to whom hardihood was a birth-right.

    The Black Pearl Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • His firmness and hardihood prevailed, and at last they gave him leave.

  • He knew he would be risking his neck, but the sting of desire galled him to hardihood.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Then they told the men of that which had come to pass, and all wondered at their might and hardihood.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for hardihood


courage, daring, or audacity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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