hardness

[ hahrd-nis ]SEE DEFINITION OF hardness

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HARDNESS

Its hardness, solidity, and actuality could not be gainsaid.

The hardness remained in Mary's face, as she continued to regard her friend.

Yet now she must spoil it all, and all for the Father's hardness.

It may be that the hardness that was once there shows now upon my face—that is all.

But behind this ignorance there was no hardness of heart; only a narrow inexperience.

He shrank under the hedges, 'in guilt and sorrow, bemoaning the hardness of his fate.'

They can be hard, of course, but they aren't always exhibiting their hardness.

He was almost pleading with her, but she did not feel her hardness melting.

The hardness of the Marchesino's voice was echoed now in the voice of Artois.

Would he not have said, "From hardness of heart, good Lord, deliver us?"

WORD ORIGIN

Old English heardnysse; see hard + -ness. Meaning "difficulty of action or accomplishment" is late 14c.

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