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Definition of hard:

  1. A ford or passage across a river or swamp.
  2. Abrupt or explosive in utterance; not aspirated, sibilated, or pronounced with a gradual change of the organs from one position to another; -- said of certain consonants, as c in came, and g in go, as distinguished from the same letters in center, general, etc.
  3. Close or near.
  4. Difficult to accomplish; full of obstacles; laborious; fatiguing; arduous; as, a hard task; a disease hard to cure.
  5. Difficult to bear or endure; not easy to put up with or consent to; hence, severe; rigorous; oppressive; distressing; unjust; grasping; as, a hard lot; hard times; hard fare; a hard winter; hard conditions or terms.
  6. Difficult to resist or control; powerful.
  7. Difficult, mentally or judicially; not easily apprehended, decided, or resolved; as a hard problem.
  8. Having disagreeable and abrupt contrasts in the coloring or light and shade.
  9. Not easily penetrated, cut, or separated into parts; not yielding to pressure; firm; solid; compact; - applied to material bodies, and opposed to soft; as, hard wood; hard flesh; a hard apple.
  10. Not easy or agreeable to the taste; stiff; rigid; ungraceful; repelling; as, a hard style.
  11. Rigid in the drawing or distribution of the figures; formal; lacking grace of composition.
  12. Rough; acid; sour, as liquors; as, hard cider.
  13. So as to raise difficulties.
  14. To harden; to make hard.
  15. Uneasily; vexatiously; slowly.
  16. Wanting softness or smoothness of utterance; harsh; as, a hard tone.
  17. With difficulty; as, the vehicle moves hard.
  18. With pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly.
  19. With tension or strain of the powers; violently; with force; tempestuously; vehemently; vigorously; energetically; as, to press, to blow, to rain hard; hence, rapidly; as, to run hard.

Synonyms:

sweaty, comfort, justified, inexpugnable, granitic, well-founded, vexed, sure, frozen, exquisite, chlorinated, pachydermatous, securely, thick, attitude, willful, definitely, incontrovertible, slaty, blistering, full bore, laborious, sensible, unkind, historical, laboured, Augean, compact, ticklish, unsaid, packed, corneous, straining, realistic, voiceless, hard-nosed, hard-and-fast, sober, vengeful, case-hardened, enceinte, hard-boiled, acrimonious, hardhanded, acrid, petrous, valid, austere, spartan, stark, gruelling, set, explosive, inviolable, indurate, testing, operose, unwaveringly, pick-and-shovel, rancorous, logical, grave, secure, lignified, frosty, soulless, gravid, spirituous, indubitable, intensive, stonelike, keen, literal, heroic, breathed, intemperately, almighty, sore, ruffianly, thick-skinned, as if your life depends on it, hard-bitten, showery, effortful, severe, flowing, lumbering, terrible, sturdy, commonsensible, moiling, thorny, ferocious, grim, painstaking, big, bleak, stale, adamant, rocklike, petrified, dreadful, potent, carefully, strong, hardheaded, be harsh toward, in all weather(s), sharp, warm, toilsome, erect, cast-iron, prosaic, unmanageable, all-out, firmly, continue, immovable, unsparing, fearful, intoxicating, uncompromising, unappealing, unverbalized, labored, unsettled, rational, profound, just, ambitious, knotty, icicle, leaden, reasoned, taxing, marmoreal, intoxicative, inured, heavy-duty, ossified, matter-of-fact, certain, badly, unquestionable, tight, overweight, soured, hellacious, fresh, soft, informed, unspoken, cruel, to a great extent, rock-hard, be an effort, unrelenting, unmerciful, stern, definite, awful, resist, strict, wakeless, horny, velar, disfranchised, with child, authentic, compassionless, stiff-necked, fierce, love, indisputable, tough, fleshy, sonorous, factual, settled, nonfictional, implacable, exhausting, pertinacious, unuttered, challenging, by the sweat of your brow, flinty, slatey, ice over, life-threatening, semihard, fractious, monstrous, cold-hearted, toughened, strenuously, rugged, rough, remorseless, great, stonyhearted, furious, merciless, intemperate, exigent, unromantic, weighed down, laboriously, audacious, steadfastly, real, tall, grueling, undisputable, dangerous, opinionated, wicked, scheming, severely, uncharitable, alcoholic, stony, adamantine, levelheaded, calculative, determinate, hard-handed, threatening, down-to-earth, inarguable, aerated, self-willed, unyielding, hard-hearted, boiling, embittered, ingestion, backbreaking, cloggy, bitter, heavy, intransigent, calculating, unenviable, saline, tumid, inhumane, flat, inhuman, voteless, powerful, reasonable, rigorous, punishing, unyielding, searing, unattackable, embarrassing, fermented, excite, tough-minded, acute, bad, vehement, rolling, deep, pragmatical, hard-fought, commonsense, hardened, problematical, arduous, mulish, objectionable, unpleasant, troublesome, sound, positive, awkward, fearsome, brisk, impregnable, brutal, problematic, irrefutable, clayey, sullen, incontestable, slash-and-burn, heavily, concentrated, be painful to, weighty, firm, unattractive, expectant, take-no-prisoners, disenfranchised, incompressible, inconvincible, seriously, large, abuse, frightful, delicate, hateful, concerted, sternly, pitiless, surd, raw, rainy, commonsensical, pragmatic, self-opinionated, difficult, sticky, trying, stubborn, virulent, unpadded, ironhearted, hefty, practical, documentary, insensate, wet, easy, vigorously, woody, marmorean, saturated, herculean, hornlike, baffling, fearless, al dente, solid, final, two-fisted, evil, unverbalised, black ice, vicious, impenetrable, elusive, uphill, aphonic, unbending, dour, excess, granitelike, ghastly, conniving, glare ice, stiff, steely, icy, harsh, killer, resentful, ponderous, moist, exacting, gravely, flat out, biting, undeniable, nasty, shrewd, perverse, serious, desensitized, catchy, knockout, hardy, hot, excruciating, vigorous, unstated, tricky, active, plosive, stimulating, frost, murderous, drizzly, inflexible, unexpressed, rocky, brackish, heavy-handed, affectless, crisp, cold, pigheaded, ramrod, daring, stout, last-ditch, disagreeable, pat, violent, labourious, dilute, unvoiced, authoritarian, unassailable, lowering.

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