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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
1625-1635
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."