• WordNet 3.6
    • n hardihood the trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger "the proposal required great boldness","the plan required great hardiness of heart"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hardihood Boldness, united with firmness and constancy of mind; bravery; intrepidity; also, audaciousness; impudence. "A bound of graceful hardihood .""It is the society of numbers which gives hardihood to iniquity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hardihood Unyielding boldness; firmness in doing something that exposes to difficulty, danger, or contumely; intrepidity; also, and commonly, too great boldness; foolish daring; offensive assurance.
    • n hardihood Physical power of endurance; toughness.
    • n hardihood Synonyms Courage, resolution, pluck, stoutness, fortitude; audacity, effrontery, assurance, impudence. The unfavorable meanings of hardihood seem to be prevailing over the good ones, so that there is a tendency to look to other words for the expression of courage and endurance. The issue of this tendency is not yet decided; it is less marked in the case of hardy.
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  • John Jay Chapman
    “Everybody in America is soft, and hates conflict. The cure for this, both in politics and social life, is the same -- hardihood. Give them raw truth.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hardy, + -hood,


In literature:

In the volume from which the last extract is taken, even the hardihood of assertion is surpassed by the suicidal character of the argument.
"The Essays of "George Eliot" Complete" by George Eliot
I wonder at Miss Merival's hardihood.
"The Light of the Star" by Hamlin Garland
Thou diest by thine own dull hardihood!
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII. No. 3. March 1848" by Various
The officers, indeed, bore reputations for hardihood and daring not to be surpassed.
"Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
But thou, AEneas, draw thy steel and take thee to the road; 260 Now needeth all thine hardihood and steadfast heart and brave.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
They had been selected for their intrepidity and hardihood from all the towns.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
It was a characteristic pose, and the first inspiration of the soft air gave her peace and hardihood.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
There's a brazen hardihood about them.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
Nansen resolved upon an enterprise unparalleled in hardihood.
"Adventurers of the Far North" by Stephen Leacock
This is the attitude of nearly all the defenders of the gold standard who have the hardihood to say anything at all.
"The Arena" by Various

In poetry:

Sudden that hour she knew
That this far place was good,
This mighty land and new
For the soul’s hardihood.
"Emus" by Mary Eliza Fullerton
He better thought, a noble sire,
Who gallant deeds had done,
To deeds of hardihood should fire
A brave and gallant son.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
Soon to send forth again a brood,
Unshakable, we pray, that clings
To Rome's thrice-hammered hardihood —
In arduous things.
"A British-Roman Song" by Rudyard Kipling
And gazing on thee, sullen tree,
Sick for thy stubborn hardihood,
I seem to fail from out my blood
And grow incorporate into thee.
"In Memoriam A. H. H.: 2" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Just as stern Artegal; in chastity
A second Britomart; in hardihood
Like him who 'mid King Charles' chivalry
A pillared sunbeam stood.
"The Ideal" by Madison Julius Cawein
Crimson and fiery-thunderous he stood;
in his one hand a bow, in one a shaft.
so young, and yet so apt in hardihood,
that out of very tenderness he laughed;
"Vision " by Charles Walter Stansby Williams