Definition of hardihood in US English:



  • Boldness; daring.

    • ‘Few nations have ever existed, who have evinced more indomitable courage or hardihood, or shown more devotion to the spirit of independence than the Iroquois.’
    • ‘And be it known to you, that no man there was of such hardihood but his flesh trembled: and it was no wonder, for never was so great an enterprise undertaken by any people since the creation of the world.’
    • ‘Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity and hardihood - the virtues that made America.’
    • ‘Similarly, this finding leaves open the possibility that female characters expressed heroism in ways not entailing physical hardihood or risk.’
    • ‘He was not only a very dexterous thief, but was notorious for his boldness and hardihood, and for the number of his previous convictions.’
    courage, courageousness, pluck, pluckiness, braveness, valour, fearlessness, intrepidity, intrepidness, nerve, daring, audacity, boldness, dauntlessness, doughtiness, stout-heartedness, manfulness, heroism, gallantry
    bravery, courage, boldness, daring, spirit, valour, mettle, heart, nerve, spine, pluck, dauntlessness, doughtiness, fortitude, courageousness, backbone, intrepidity, intrepidness, heroism, strength of character, moral fibre
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