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[hahrd-hahr-tid] /ˈhɑrdˈhɑr tɪd/

unfeeling; unmerciful; pitiless.
unkind or intolerant

also hardhearted, “obdurate, unfeeling,” late 12c. (implied in heard-heortnesse “hard-heartedness”); from hard + hearted. Sometimes in Middle English also meaning “bold, courageous” (15c.). Related: Hard-heartedly; hard-heartedness. Hard-heart “hard-hearted person” was in late Old English.


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