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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Just so," rejoined the Italian, with a hardihood that seemed to sit easily upon him.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • 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
  • If he really possessed the hardihood to ask Louise to do this for him, she would laugh at him.

  • And this, let it be observed, Dr. Mansel has the hardihood to affirm.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy Benjamin Franklin Cocker
  • The hardihood with which the Russians endure pain has often been remarked.

  • Where shall we look for deeds of equal daring and hardihood?

  • 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
  • After all, the guide has to have the kind of pluck and hardihood that ought to be well rewarded.

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

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • The Baron had the hardihood to call upon us the next day; of course, in vain.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for hardihood


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