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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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Examples from the web for hardihood
  • 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.
  • The did not seem to realize that they exemplified truly astonishing courage and hardihood.
  • He says he will make a record for the walk that no one will have the hardihood to attempt to beat in the near future.
  • When she will be launched no mundane being has the hardihood to say.
British Dictionary definitions for hardihood


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