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hardy +‎ -ness


hardiness (countable and uncountable, plural hardinesses)

  1. The state of being hardy, especially (of a plant) of being resistant to cold or other environmental conditions.
  2. (obsolete) hardihood; boldness; firmness; assurance
    • Shakespeare, Cymbeline
      Plenty and peace breeds cowards; Hardness ever / Of hardiness is mother.
    • Clarendon
      They who were not yet grown to the hardiness of avowing the contempt of the king.
  3. (obsolete) hardship; fatigue
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)

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