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Entry Word: hard
Function: adjective
Text: 1 having or showing a lack of sympathy or tender feelings <a hard man, who never had a kind word for anyone>
Synonyms callous, cold-blooded, hard-boiled, hardhearted, heartless, inhuman, inhumane, insensate, insensitive, merciless, obdurate, pitiless, ruthless, soulless, stony (also stoney), uncharitable, unfeeling, unmerciful, unsparing, unsympathetic
Related Words inconsiderate, thoughtless, uncaring, unfriendly, unloving, unthinking; grim, hard-bitten, harsh, heavy-handed, oppressive, rough, severe, stern, tough, ungentle; abusive, acrimonious, disagreeable, hateful, ill-natured, ill-tempered, malevolent, malicious, mean, rancorous, spiteful, surly, virulent; barbarous, bestial, brutal, brutish, cruel, evil-minded, savage, vicious
Near Antonyms benevolent, benignant, gentle, kind; clement, lenient, mild; cordial, friendly, good-natured, good-tempered, gracious; tolerant, understanding; affectionate, loving
Antonyms charitable, compassionate, humane, merciful, sensitive, softhearted, sympathetic, tender, tenderhearted, warm, warmhearted
2 requiring considerable physical or mental effort <clearing land is hard work> <a hard Spanish test>
Synonyms arduous, demanding, difficult, exacting, formidable, grueling (or gruelling), herculean, killer, laborious, murderous, rough, severe, stiff, strenuous, tall, toilsome, tough
Related Words abstract, abstruse, complex, complicated, insoluble, intricate, involved, knotty, problematic (also problematical), recondite, serious, spiny, thorny, ticklish, tricky, stubborn; burdensome, exhausting, labored, onerous, oppressive, problem, sore, stressful, taxing, tight, trying, uphill; annoying, bothersome, distressing, irksome, troublesome, vexatious; grievous, grim, heavy, strict, stringent; brutal, cruel, inhuman, painful
Near Antonyms achievable, clear, doable, elementary, manageable, uncomplicated; comforting, gentle, painless, relaxed, smooth, soothing
Antonyms easy, effortless, facile, simple, soft, undemanding
3 able to withstand hardship, strain, or exposure <they were forced to import sheep of a harder stock, one that could thrive in the harsh climate> -- see HARDY 1
4 based on sound reasoning or information <do you have any hard evidence that this was once the site of a Native American village?> -- see GOOD 1
5 difficult to endure <the hard life of a migrant farm worker> -- see HARSH 1
6 extreme in degree, power, or effect <a carpet that withstood years of hard wear> -- see INTENSE
7 given to exacting standards of discipline and self-restraint <a hard disciplinarian who is quick to punish the tiniest violation of the rules> -- see SEVERE 1
8 having a consistency that does not easily yield to pressure <hard candies> <fell on the hard floor and bruised her arm> -- see FIRM 2
9 having been established and usually not subject to change <there isn't always a hard line between right and wrong> -- see FIXED 1
10 having or showing deep-seated resentment <maintained hard feelings toward those who had cheated him> -- see BITTER 1
11 sticking to an opinion, purpose, or course of action in spite of reason, arguments, or persuasion <a woman with a hard will who won't budge from her chosen path> -- see OBSTINATE
12 restricted to or based on fact <that newscast is strictly devoted to hard news, as the producers prefer to leave the gossip to others> -- see FACTUAL 1