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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
First recorded in 1625-35; hardy1 + -hood Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Baron had the hardihood to call upon us the next day; of course, in vain.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • They had been selected for their intrepidity and hardihood from all the towns.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • It was like predestined welcome, a confirming of his hardihood.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • I had all the hardihood to brave Lord Kilgoff's most fixed resolves.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • "Just so," rejoined the Italian, with a hardihood that seemed to sit easily upon him.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • And again he was alone with the situation he had created in the hardihood and inexperience of his heart.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • What do you think, sir, they have had the hardihood to say in the House of Commons?

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II. Charles James Lever
  • It was to the hour of pillage alone they looked for the recompense of their hardihood.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • I knew that of old, and rather wondered at my own hardihood.

    Oldtown Fireside Stories Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Next to Roland for valor and hardihood came Oliver, his companion.

British Dictionary definitions for hardihood


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