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Hard, adj. 1) not easily pierced, not yielding to pressure, opposed to soft: Ven. 267. Sonn. 95, 14. Compl. 211. Tp. I, 2, 343. Err. II, 1, 93. LLL I, 2, 182. Merch. III, 2, 102. IV, 1, 79. As III' 2, 60. Tw. II, 2, 42. Troil. I, 1, 59. Caes. IV, 3, 74. Cymb. II, 2, 34 etc.
2) unfeeling, insensible, cruel: “thy n. heart,” Ven. 375. Ven. 375 Lucr. 978. Err. IV, 2, 34. As III, 5, 4. Cymb. III, 4, 164. “h. as steel,” Ven. 199. Gent. I, 1, 149. “--er than a stone,” Lucr. 593. Lucr. 593 Gent. I, 1, 146. Gent. I, 1, 146 Merch. I, 3, 162. II, 2, 30. V, 81. Wint. I, 2, 153. R2 V, 5, 21 etc.
3) laborious, fatiguing: “making the h. way sweet and delectable,” R2 II, 3, 7. “h. labour,” H4A IV, 3, 23. Mcb. I, 7, 62. Cymb. V, 3, 44.
4) harsh, rough, difficult to be borne, evil, disagreeable: “fearing some h. news,” Lucr. 255. “to bear a h. opinion of his truth,” Gent. II, 7, 81; “punish me not with your h. thoughts,” As I, 2, 196; “under your h. construction must I sit,” Tw. III, 1, 126; “killed with your h. opinions,” H4B V, 5, 147; “you suffer too h. an exclamation,” H8 I, 2, 52; “take to you no h. thoughts,” Ant. V, 2, 117. “scorn, horn, a h. rhyme,” Ado V, 2, 38. “h. lodging and thin weeds,” LLL V, 2, 811. “by h. adventure,” As II, 4, 45. “'tis h.” All's II, 3, 314. Merch. I, 2, 27. “h. and undeserved measure,” All's II, 3, 273. “a h. bondage,” III, 5, 67. “'twere h. luck,” Wint. V, 2, 158. “h. condition,” H5 IV, 1, 250. V, 2, 326. Caes. I, 2, 174. “h. distress,” H6A II, 5, 87. “h. language,” H6B IV, 9, 45. “these h. fractions,” Tim. II, 2, 220. “h. words,” Hml. II, 1, 107. “he's at some h. point,” Cymb. III, 4, 16.
5) not easy, difficult: “faithful friends are h. to find,” Pilgr. 406. “the --est voice of her behaviour,” Wiv. I, 3, 51. “any h. lesson,” Ado I, 1, 295. Mids. III, 1, 49. Merch. II, 2, 47. IV, 1, 78. As III, 2, 194. Tw. I, 2, 44. II, 2, 42. R2 V, 5, 16. R3 III, 7, 93. Troil. III, 2, 85. Rom. I, 2, 2. II, 2, 63. Lr. II, 4, 245. III, 6, 107. Cymb. II, 2, 34. II, 4, 46 etc. “upon his will I sealed my h. consent,” Hml. I, 2, 60 (not easily obtained, reluctant). h. of hearing (== deafish), Shr. II, 184. too h. for == too powerful, getting the better of: LLL II, 258. IV, 1, 140. As I, 2, 51. H4A I, 2, 204. H8 V, 1, 57. Cor. IV, 5, 195.
6) hardened, obdurate: “thy nature did commence in sufferance, time hath made thee h. in't,” Tim. IV, 3, 269. “the initiate fear that wants h. use,” Mcb. III, 4, 143. “when we in our viciousness grow h.” Ant. III, 13, 111.
7) violent, vehement: “weary with her h. embracing,” Ven. 559.
8) heavy, wanting ease: “time's pace is so h. that it seems the length of seven year,” As III, 2, 334.
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