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hard

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

8 having a consistency that does not easily yield to pressure
  • hard candies
  • fell on the hard floor and bruised her arm

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10 having or showing deep-seated resentment
  • maintained hard feelings toward those who had cheated him

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11 sticking to an opinion, purpose, or course of action in spite of reason, arguments, or persuasion
  • a woman with a hard will who never budged from her chosen path

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hard

adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms of hard (Entry 2 of 2)

4 at, within, or to a short distance or time
  • the groom stood hard by, ready to help, as the lady mounted the skittish horse

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Frequently Asked Questions About hard

How is the word hard different from other adjectives like it?

The words arduous and difficult are common synonyms of hard. While all three words mean "demanding great exertion or effort," hard implies the opposite of all that is easy.

farming is hard work

In what contexts can arduous take the place of hard?

In some situations, the words arduous and hard are roughly equivalent. However, arduous stresses the need of laborious and persevering exertion.

the arduous task of rebuilding

When would difficult be a good substitute for hard?

The words difficult and hard can be used in similar contexts, but difficult implies the presence of obstacles to be surmounted or puzzles to be resolved and suggests the need of skill or courage.

the difficult ascent of the mountain

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The first known use of hard was before the 12th century

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hard

hard-and-fast

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“Hard.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/hard. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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