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hardness

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1 something that is a cause for suffering or special effort especially in the attainment of a goal
  • the test questions were rated for hardness, a rating of five indicating the most difficult

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2 the quality or state of being demanding or unyielding (as in discipline or criticism)
  • the aunt's hardness gradually crumbled under the influence of the little orphan's endearing ways

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

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“Hardness.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/hardness. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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