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Sunday, December 08, 2013

Definitions for hardihood

  1. boldness or daring; courage.
  2. audacity or impudence.
  3. strength; power; vigor: the hardihood of youth.

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Citations for hardihood
"...Make thee my knight? My knights are sworn to vows / Of utter hardihood, utter gentleness, / And, loving, utter faithfulness in love, / And uttermost obedience to the King." Lord Alfred Tennyson, Idylls of the King, 1872
They had to do with a pride in a man's courage and hardihood, courage and hardihood that could make of thefts, of murder, of crimes dimly guessed, wrongs no more reprehensible than a boy's apple-stealing. Dashiell Hammett, "Ruffian's Wife," 1925
Origin of hardihood
Hardihood came to English in the 1600s from the Old French hardir meaning "to harden" or "to make bold." This ultimately comes from the Proto-Germanic hardjan meaning "to make hard."