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[hahr-dee-hoo d]
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  1. boldness or daring; courage.
  2. audacity or impudence.
  3. strength; power; vigor: the hardihood of youth.
  4. hardy spirit or character; determination to survive; fortitude: the hardihood of early settlers.
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Origin of hardihood

First recorded in 1625–35; hardy1 + -hood
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Related Words for hardihood

vigor, will, confidence, potency, boldness, daring, guts, pluck, impudence, grit, audacity, courage, effrontery, intrepidity, fortitude, insolence, bravery

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Historical Examples of hardihood

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for hardihood


  1. courage, daring, or audacity
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