• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tough-minded facing facts or difficulties realistically and with determination
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  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.”


In literature:

No one in the New Forest minds venison being tough and the gravy pale.
"The Story of the Treasure Seekers" by E. Nesbit
He thought you was a tough, but he didn't mind that no more than I did.
"Northern Lights, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
His mind was a keen, clear one, better suited to argument and to grapple tough polemic subjects.
"The Wits and Beaux of Society" by Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
Indeed, his powers of endurance were quite surprising, and the fibre of his mind was as tough as that of his body.
"Western Characters" by J. L. McConnel
Most of the Executives were tough-minded, realistic men.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
That tough-minded central bureaucracy did not ordinarily bother to obtain proof against those it suspected.
"Watch the Sky" by James H. Schmitz
He thought you was a tough, but he didn't mind that no more than I did.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
He was, in fact, as adroit of mind as he was tough of body.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
So instead of wasting his strength in vain struggles against the tough steel, he rested, marshalling the facts in his mind.
"The Martian Cabal" by Roman Frederick Starzl
She was a Martian, tough-minded she hoped.
"Master of the Moondog" by Stanley Mullen

In news:

If he'd used the words "critical" or "tough" or even "biased against" 2003, I wouldn't have minded.
" and a show of ignorance," added a tough-minded commentary from the country's state-run news agency.
But if you think building a mind-reading device is tough, try marketing one.
Nock 's compositions are tough-minded and individualistic, yet somehow primeval and pristine.
You have to be tough-minded to fight through them, just as you have to be tough-minded to step in in a pressure situation and make an impact.
Last night's loss to the Phillies was a tough one to handle, probably the toughest of the season, and Mets bloggers are speaking their minds.
Tough-minded Purdue recruit Etling won't stay sidelined.
In Obama's convention speech, a good contrast with Romney, but not enough tough-minded ideas.
Tough-minded Purdue knows identity.
Jack Brooks was a tough-minded "get it done" congressman.
That was the question on everyone's minds when the get-tough reformer was hired as superintendent of the state's largest ISD in 2009.
Sacramento drafted Kansas star Thomas Robinson for his toughness, but his violent elbow to the throat of Jonas Jerebko wasn't quite what they had in mind.
He is not afraid of asking tough questions and will represent the people of the 6th district with that in mind at all times.
Jack Brooks was a tough-minded "get it done" congressman.
The New York Times praised Meacham's "nuanced and persuasive" explanation of Jefferson 's governing philosophy and his "tough-minded account" of Jefferson 's inconsistencies on racial issues.