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Hardness, 1) durity: “the flint and h. of my fault,” Ant. IV, 9, 16.
2) unfeelingness, mercilessness: “the blame may hang upon your h.” Cor. V, 3, 91. “that makes this h.” Lr. III, 6, 82 (Ff these hard hearts).
3) difficulty: “O h. to dissemble,” Oth. III, 4, 34. “whose containing is so from sense in h.” Cymb. V, 5, 431.
4) hardship: “a natural and prompt alacrity I find in h.” Oth. I, 3, 234. “h. ever of hardiness is mother,” Cymb. III, 6, 21.
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