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The ideas of a time are like the clothes of a season: they are as arbitrary, as much imposed by some superior will which is seldom explicit. They are utilitarian and political, the instruments of smooth-running government.
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See also härd, and hård

English

Etymology

Old English heard

Pronunciation

Adjective

hard (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
hard

Comparative
er

Superlative
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  1. Resistant to pressure.
  2. Requiring a lot of effort to do or understand
    a hard problem
  3. Demanding a lot of effort to endure.
    a hard life
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) , severe, harsh, unfriendly, brutal.
  5. Unquestionable.
    hard evidence
  6. Of drink, strong.
  7. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Having a comparatively larger or a ninety-degree angle.
    At the intersection, there are two roads going to the left. Take the hard left.
  8. Of water, high in dissolved calcium compounds.
  9. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Sexually aroused.
  10. (bodybuilding) Having muscles that are tightened as a result of intense, regular exercise.

Quotations

  • (requiring a lot of effort to do or understand) 1988: “Ray found it hard to imagine having accumulated so many mannerisms before the dawn of sex, of the sexual need to please, of the staginess sex encourages or the tightly capped wells of poisoned sexual desire the disappointed must stand guard over.” — An Oracle, Edmund White

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Adverb

hard (comparative harder, superlative hardest)

Positive
hard

Comparative
harder

Superlative
hardest

  1. With much strength or energy

Dutch

Pronunciation

Homophones

Adjective

hard (Alternate form: harde, comparative: harder, superlative: hardst)

  1. hard (resistant to pressure)
  2. hard (unquestionable)
    harde feiten
  3. hard (Of water, high in dissolved calcium compounds)

Antonyms

  • (resistant to pressure): zacht

Derived terms


Irish

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [haːɾˠd̪ˠ]

Adjective

hard

  1. Mutated form of ard.

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