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Princeton's WordNet

  1. difficult, hard(adj)

    not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

    Synonyms:
    severe, voiceless, arduous, grueling, tough, toilsome, concentrated, heavy, difficult, laborious, hard, gruelling, intemperate, knockout, punishing, unvoiced, operose, backbreaking, surd, strong, unmanageable

    Antonyms:
    semisoft, palatalised, diffused, spirant, spongy, cushioned, good, downlike, compressible, brushed, sibilant, effortless, weak, palatalized, salving, wooly, strict, cottony, napped, soft, fricative, softening, downy, velvet, mellow, continuant, flaccid, cushiony, nonalcoholic, spongelike, nonindulgent, flocculent, squishy, demulcent, strident, cheeselike, flossy, yielding, palatal, fresh, padded, fluffy, squeezable, softish, diffuse, fleecy, velvety, squashy, overstuffed, mushy, emollient, woolly

  2. hard(adj)

    dispassionate

    Synonyms:
    severe, arduous, grueling, tough, toilsome, heavy, voiceless, laborious, difficult, knockout, gruelling, intemperate, concentrated, punishing, unvoiced, operose, backbreaking, surd, strong

    Antonyms:
    strict, palatalised, cushioned, emollient, salving, downlike, fricative, wooly, effortless, soft, semisoft, flaccid, flocculent, overstuffed, demulcent, yielding, diffuse, cheeselike, nonindulgent, nonalcoholic, mushy, continuant, cottony, compressible, fresh, good, squashy, velvet, fleecy, palatal, fluffy, spongy, weak, woolly, cushiony, brushed, spongelike, downy, palatalized, diffused, softish, squeezable, spirant, padded, flossy, softening, squishy, sibilant, strident, velvety, mellow, napped

  3. hard(adj)

    resisting weight or pressure

    Synonyms:
    severe, arduous, grueling, tough, toilsome, heavy, voiceless, laborious, difficult, knockout, gruelling, intemperate, concentrated, punishing, unvoiced, operose, backbreaking, surd, strong

    Antonyms:
    squashy, flaccid, sibilant, wooly, fresh, napped, continuant, cottony, velvet, palatalized, effortless, strident, palatalised, semisoft, compressible, padded, good, soft, cheeselike, flossy, squishy, fricative, nonalcoholic, downy, flocculent, mellow, yielding, strict, softish, spongelike, spirant, velvety, mushy, weak, diffused, squeezable, spongy, fleecy, overstuffed, cushiony, fluffy, brushed, salving, woolly, nonindulgent, diffuse, palatal, emollient, demulcent, softening, downlike, cushioned

  4. hard, knockout, severe(adj)

    very strong or vigorous

    Synonyms:
    severe, arduous, wicked, grueling, tough, grievous, serious, terrible, toilsome, hard, stark, life-threatening, spartan, stern, heavy, voiceless, laborious, difficult, grave, austere, knockout, gruelling, intemperate, concentrated, punishing, unvoiced, dangerous, operose, backbreaking, surd, strong

    Antonyms:
    soft, cushioned, palatalized, flocculent, palatal, strident, diffused, softening, continuant, mellow, nonalcoholic, overstuffed, velvet, fricative, squashy, downlike, sibilant, softish, demulcent, napped, fluffy, spongelike, mushy, effortless, wooly, yielding, compressible, brushed, emollient, fresh, good, downy, padded, velvety, squishy, strict, weak, semisoft, cheeselike, cottony, nonindulgent, palatalised, diffuse, salving, fleecy, squeezable, spongy, spirant, woolly, flaccid, cushiony, flossy

  5. arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, heavy, laborious, operose, punishing, toilsome(adj)

    characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort

    Synonyms:
    backbreaking, sullen, ponderous, laborious, overweight, toilsome, intemperate, sound, wakeless, dense, grueling, with child(p), threatening, grave, straining, severe, cloggy, lumbering, large(p), great(p), clayey, enceinte, voiceless, grievous, tough, fleshy, weighed down, hard, weighty, unvoiced, gruelling, expectant, concentrated, lowering, surd, heavy(a), sonorous, impenetrable, arduous, operose, strenuous, heavy, heavy(p), big(a), labored, profound, difficult, laboured, punishing, strong, gravid, big(p), leaden, knockout

    Antonyms:
    cushioned, cheeselike, sibilant, weak, brushed, yielding, soft, softening, flaccid, demulcent, downlike, effortless, nonindulgent, strict, velvety, cottony, fresh, napped, cushiony, good, squashy, flossy, fleecy, diffused, flocculent, mushy, salving, semisoft, overstuffed, compressible, fricative, spongy, squishy, velvet, palatalised, squeezable, softish, wooly, palatal, continuant, diffuse, emollient, strident, woolly, palatalized, spongelike, fluffy, spirant, nonalcoholic, padded, mellow, downy

  6. unvoiced, voiceless, surd, hard(adj)

    produced without vibration of the vocal cords

    Synonyms:
    unspoken, unstated, disfranchised, arduous, unuttered, backbreaking, disenfranchised, breathed, unsaid, toilsome, aphonic, unverbalized, voiceless, laborious, difficult, tough, hard, gruelling, intemperate, concentrated, punishing, unvoiced, severe, operose, knockout, heavy, surd, unverbalised, grueling, voteless, strong, unexpressed

    Antonyms:
    velvety, fluffy, squeezable, strident, softening, softish, flocculent, cushiony, semisoft, diffused, cottony, downy, mushy, soft, weak, cushioned, squashy, yielding, diffuse, cheeselike, velvet, fleecy, salving, padded, continuant, wooly, flaccid, strict, napped, fricative, mellow, squishy, nonalcoholic, emollient, flossy, nonindulgent, sibilant, brushed, good, demulcent, spongelike, compressible, spongy, effortless, downlike, palatal, palatalized, woolly, overstuffed, palatalised, spirant, fresh

  7. hard, concentrated(adj)

    (of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source

    Synonyms:
    severe, arduous, grueling, tough, toilsome, hard, heavy, voiceless, laborious, difficult, knockout, gruelling, intemperate, concentrated, punishing, unvoiced, operose, backbreaking, surd, strong, saturated

    Antonyms:
    yielding, palatalised, wooly, soft, fleecy, cushiony, flaccid, strident, downlike, woolly, overstuffed, flossy, squishy, squeezable, cheeselike, softish, sibilant, demulcent, palatalized, spongy, velvet, squashy, padded, mellow, brushed, softening, diffused, palatal, cushioned, downy, fluffy, napped, flocculent, cottony, fricative, spirant, continuant, diffuse, velvety, emollient, compressible, mushy, spongelike, nonindulgent, fresh, weak, semisoft, strict, nonalcoholic, salving, effortless, good

  8. hard(adj)

    (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward or touching the velum

    Synonyms:
    severe, arduous, grueling, tough, toilsome, heavy, voiceless, laborious, difficult, knockout, gruelling, intemperate, concentrated, punishing, unvoiced, operose, backbreaking, surd, strong

    Antonyms:
    demulcent, nonalcoholic, spirant, soft, cottony, fresh, fluffy, semisoft, squeezable, palatalized, flaccid, spongy, woolly, palatalised, velvet, downy, napped, fricative, mushy, spongelike, yielding, diffuse, padded, cushiony, overstuffed, diffused, cheeselike, sibilant, cushioned, softening, velvety, compressible, squishy, emollient, softish, wooly, brushed, strident, continuant, nonindulgent, weak, mellow, palatal, squashy, effortless, strict, flossy, flocculent, fleecy, salving, downlike, good

  9. intemperate, hard, heavy(adj)

    given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors

    Synonyms:
    backbreaking, sullen, ponderous, laborious, overweight, toilsome, intemperate, sound, wakeless, dense, grueling, with child(p), threatening, grave, profound, severe, cloggy, lumbering, large(p), great(p), clayey, enceinte, voiceless, grievous, tough, fleshy, weighed down, hard, weighty, unvoiced, gruelling, expectant, concentrated, lowering, surd, heavy(a), sonorous, impenetrable, arduous, operose, heavy, heavy(p), big(a), labored, difficult, laboured, punishing, strong, gravid, big(p), leaden, knockout

    Antonyms:
    diffused, fleecy, nonindulgent, continuant, flocculent, cushioned, soft, salving, spirant, padded, spongelike, flaccid, velvety, fluffy, emollient, cottony, mellow, mushy, cushiony, squeezable, good, overstuffed, napped, spongy, nonalcoholic, brushed, softish, palatalised, sibilant, yielding, strict, palatalized, velvet, squashy, downlike, semisoft, downy, fricative, flossy, strident, effortless, compressible, wooly, diffuse, weak, cheeselike, softening, palatal, squishy, fresh, demulcent, woolly

  10. hard, strong(adj)

    being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content

    Synonyms:
    severe, arduous, grueling, tough, potent, impregnable, toilsome, hard, substantial, unattackable, stiff, inviolable, heavy, voiceless, laborious, difficult, unassailable, knockout, gruelling, solid, intemperate, concentrated, punishing, unvoiced, firm, warm, operose, backbreaking, surd, strong, secure

    Antonyms:
    brushed, padded, yielding, napped, softish, velvety, spongelike, cushioned, fleecy, nonalcoholic, effortless, palatal, wooly, flaccid, mellow, fluffy, flossy, salving, fresh, good, overstuffed, downy, fricative, compressible, demulcent, soft, cottony, diffused, downlike, semisoft, strict, weak, diffuse, nonindulgent, emollient, mushy, sibilant, spirant, velvet, spongy, squashy, palatalized, woolly, strident, palatalised, cheeselike, flocculent, squeezable, squishy, cushiony, continuant, softening

  11. hard, tough(adj)

    unfortunate or hard to bear

    Synonyms:
    severe, knotty, arduous, grueling, tough, ruffianly, toilsome, hard, bad, rugged, sturdy, toughened, heavy, voiceless, laborious, difficult, elusive, knockout, gruelling, intemperate, concentrated, punishing, unvoiced, problematic, operose, backbreaking, problematical, surd, strong, baffling

    Antonyms:
    sibilant, salving, nonindulgent, strict, flossy, squeezable, compressible, fricative, soft, softening, squashy, padded, diffused, flaccid, continuant, emollient, cheeselike, effortless, diffuse, good, cushioned, spongelike, palatal, yielding, mushy, woolly, downy, weak, brushed, fleecy, spirant, spongy, demulcent, nonalcoholic, velvety, palatalized, overstuffed, semisoft, cottony, fresh, strident, downlike, wooly, velvet, palatalised, flocculent, mellow, squishy, cushiony, fluffy, softish, napped

  12. hard(adverb)

    dried out

    Synonyms:
    severe, arduous, grueling, tough, toilsome, heavy, voiceless, laborious, difficult, knockout, gruelling, intemperate, concentrated, punishing, unvoiced, operose, backbreaking, surd, strong

    Antonyms:
    strict, squashy, cheeselike, cushiony, velvety, spongy, fricative, weak, diffuse, downlike, compressible, flaccid, effortless, sibilant, squeezable, soft, nonalcoholic, emollient, cottony, palatal, strident, palatalised, palatalized, salving, good, brushed, napped, padded, softish, nonindulgent, cushioned, diffused, woolly, flossy, spongelike, fluffy, fresh, spirant, continuant, fleecy, semisoft, mushy, wooly, downy, softening, squishy, mellow, velvet, overstuffed, yielding, flocculent, demulcent

  13. hard(adverb)

    with effort or force or vigor

    Synonyms:
    intemperately, firmly, heavily, severely

    Antonyms:
    nonalcoholic, diffuse, fresh, weak, spirant, padded, softish, squashy, palatalised, cottony, diffused, velvet, napped, softening, nonindulgent, cushiony, fricative, cheeselike, flossy, spongy, downy, mushy, compressible, brushed, wooly, fluffy, overstuffed, strident, effortless, soft, flaccid, palatalized, flocculent, emollient, salving, velvety, mellow, downlike, sibilant, demulcent, squishy, strict, squeezable, fleecy, palatal, spongelike, woolly, semisoft, continuant, good, cushioned, yielding

  14. hard, firmly(adverb)

    with firmness

    Synonyms:
    intemperately, severely, firmly, hard, steadfastly, heavily, unwaveringly, firm, securely

    Antonyms:
    good, nonindulgent, squishy, flaccid, palatalised, weak, compressible, nonalcoholic, softish, fleecy, semisoft, strict, squeezable, brushed, velvet, sibilant, softening, cushiony, diffused, fresh, emollient, fricative, demulcent, palatal, squashy, flocculent, padded, soft, spongy, spirant, mushy, spongelike, woolly, napped, strident, wooly, cheeselike, palatalized, diffuse, flossy, cushioned, mellow, overstuffed, effortless, yielding, fluffy, salving, velvety, downlike, cottony, continuant, downy

  15. hard(adverb)

    earnestly or intently

    Synonyms:
    intemperately, firmly, heavily, severely

    Antonyms:
    nonalcoholic, mushy, mellow, cheeselike, fricative, squishy, squashy, flossy, cushioned, spongy, napped, continuant, velvety, spongelike, salving, brushed, soft, semisoft, woolly, squeezable, fluffy, demulcent, fleecy, nonindulgent, cushiony, wooly, sibilant, diffuse, palatalised, yielding, softish, cottony, compressible, overstuffed, effortless, fresh, downy, good, spirant, downlike, palatalized, softening, palatal, velvet, padded, diffused, weak, strict, flocculent, emollient, strident, flaccid

  16. hard, severely(adverb)

    causing great damage or hardship

    Synonyms:
    badly, severely, firmly, sternly, gravely, hard, intemperately, heavily, seriously

    Antonyms:
    softening, fluffy, squashy, mushy, padded, nonindulgent, fricative, velvety, fleecy, strident, fresh, spirant, sibilant, diffuse, cheeselike, semisoft, soft, brushed, cottony, continuant, wooly, salving, palatal, overstuffed, squishy, emollient, velvet, spongy, weak, cushiony, good, compressible, flossy, woolly, strict, downlike, cushioned, palatalised, flaccid, yielding, effortless, mellow, downy, diffused, nonalcoholic, palatalized, demulcent, spongelike, squeezable, flocculent, napped, softish

  17. hard(adverb)

    slowly and with difficulty

    Synonyms:
    intemperately, firmly, heavily, severely

    Antonyms:
    good, fresh, softening, diffused, palatalized, mushy, cheeselike, downy, spongy, padded, softish, flocculent, downlike, palatalised, cushioned, soft, diffuse, fleecy, strict, strident, salving, cushiony, compressible, squeezable, emollient, nonindulgent, mellow, spirant, sibilant, velvet, squishy, effortless, spongelike, demulcent, semisoft, yielding, flossy, brushed, wooly, squashy, overstuffed, velvety, palatal, napped, continuant, fricative, woolly, fluffy, flaccid, nonalcoholic, weak, cottony

  18. heavily, intemperately, hard(adverb)

    indulging excessively

    Synonyms:
    intemperately, firmly, heavily, hard, heavy, severely, to a great extent

    Antonyms:
    brushed, napped, compressible, diffuse, soft, nonalcoholic, spirant, flocculent, overstuffed, padded, mushy, cottony, fleecy, fricative, cushioned, yielding, fresh, wooly, palatalized, palatalised, cheeselike, palatal, softening, weak, emollient, flaccid, continuant, fluffy, woolly, squeezable, diffused, downlike, strident, squashy, demulcent, salving, effortless, sibilant, cushiony, spongy, good, squishy, spongelike, softish, downy, velvet, nonindulgent, semisoft, mellow, flossy, velvety, strict

  19. hard(adverb)

    into a solid condition

    Synonyms:
    intemperately, firmly, heavily, severely

    Antonyms:
    downlike, velvety, continuant, semisoft, spongy, cushioned, squishy, mushy, strident, palatalized, napped, wooly, fleecy, cottony, weak, cushiony, fricative, compressible, soft, spongelike, palatalised, emollient, diffuse, overstuffed, strict, good, brushed, demulcent, velvet, fresh, mellow, effortless, sibilant, downy, fluffy, squashy, woolly, palatal, yielding, padded, flaccid, diffused, spirant, nonindulgent, nonalcoholic, cheeselike, softish, salving, softening, squeezable, flossy, flocculent

  20. hard(adverb)

    very near or close in space or time

    Synonyms:
    intemperately, firmly, heavily, severely

    Antonyms:
    diffused, flossy, mellow, compressible, flaccid, softish, cheeselike, flocculent, fricative, overstuffed, velvety, squashy, soft, good, effortless, strident, nonindulgent, fresh, spongy, cottony, strict, brushed, sibilant, spirant, fleecy, fluffy, wooly, mushy, palatal, woolly, demulcent, downlike, yielding, spongelike, continuant, emollient, weak, padded, napped, downy, palatalized, squeezable, squishy, palatalised, semisoft, softening, cushiony, velvet, salving, cushioned, diffuse, nonalcoholic

  21. hard(adverb)

    with pain or distress or bitterness

    Synonyms:
    intemperately, firmly, heavily, severely

    Antonyms:
    downlike, velvet, diffuse, salving, sibilant, demulcent, brushed, softish, palatalised, napped, weak, squishy, soft, flossy, palatalized, spirant, fluffy, overstuffed, mushy, cheeselike, good, fleecy, strident, fricative, wooly, nonindulgent, strict, nonalcoholic, mellow, downy, squashy, emollient, cottony, woolly, effortless, continuant, spongelike, fresh, spongy, flocculent, palatal, padded, semisoft, diffused, flaccid, squeezable, velvety, yielding, softening, compressible, cushioned, cushiony

  22. hard(adverb)

    to the full extent possible; all the way

    Synonyms:
    intemperately, firmly, heavily, severely

    Antonyms:
    cheeselike, padded, woolly, spirant, flossy, nonindulgent, downy, strident, downlike, nonalcoholic, fresh, overstuffed, softening, fricative, weak, emollient, cushiony, soft, mushy, cushioned, demulcent, squeezable, compressible, cottony, salving, sibilant, flocculent, diffused, spongy, fleecy, yielding, palatalized, palatalised, spongelike, flaccid, softish, semisoft, effortless, fluffy, wooly, good, velvet, squashy, napped, continuant, velvety, brushed, mellow, squishy, palatal, diffuse, strict

Wiktionary

  1. hard(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    tough, intolerable, unbearable, difficult, confusing, unfriendly, severe, puzzling, unambiguous, harsh, incontrovertible, indubitable, unequivocal, unquestionable, hostile, strong, stony, resistant, strict, solid, tricky

    Antonyms:
    simple, approachable, soft, pleasant, questionable, equivocal, easy, straightforward, nice, amiable, controvertible, ambiguous, doubtful, agreeable, trite, bearable, friendly

  2. hard(adjective)

    Having muscles that are tightened as a result of intense, regular exercise.

    Synonyms:
    incontrovertible, puzzling, hostile, unquestionable, unambiguous, confusing, unfriendly, unbearable, difficult, unequivocal, resistant, strict, harsh, indubitable, solid, intolerable, tricky, strong, severe, stony, tough

    Antonyms:
    easy, amiable, straightforward, trite, pleasant, simple, soft, approachable, questionable, bearable, controvertible, doubtful, agreeable, equivocal, nice, friendly, ambiguous

  3. hard(noun)

    Of a ferromagnetic material, having the capability of being a permanent magnet by being a material with high magnetic coercivity (compare soft)

    Synonyms:
    severe, stony, solid, harsh, difficult, intolerable, puzzling, indubitable, unequivocal, resistant, strict, tricky, unbearable, strong, unquestionable, hostile, confusing, incontrovertible, tough, unambiguous, unfriendly

    Antonyms:
    ambiguous, amiable, equivocal, simple, trite, bearable, questionable, nice, easy, agreeable, straightforward, pleasant, doubtful, controvertible, friendly, approachable, soft

  4. hard(adverb)

    Resistant to pressure.

    Synonyms:
    hostile, strong, indubitable, tough, resistant, tricky, intolerable, difficult, unambiguous, unequivocal, solid, unquestionable, confusing, stony, harsh, unfriendly, puzzling, strict, incontrovertible, severe, unbearable

    Antonyms:
    agreeable, questionable, simple, controvertible, trite, ambiguous, soft, pleasant, nice, easy, approachable, bearable, doubtful, equivocal, friendly, amiable, straightforward

  5. hard(adverb)

    Requiring a lot of effort to do or understand

    Synonyms:
    strict, unfriendly, indubitable, unquestionable, unequivocal, stony, severe, puzzling, unambiguous, confusing, tough, strong, intolerable, unbearable, tricky, incontrovertible, resistant, hostile, solid, difficult, harsh

    Antonyms:
    friendly, nice, trite, soft, straightforward, easy, bearable, pleasant, equivocal, doubtful, approachable, simple, ambiguous, questionable, amiable, controvertible, agreeable

  6. hard(adverb)

    Demanding a lot of effort to endure.

    Synonyms:
    confusing, tough, unambiguous, intolerable, unbearable, strict, solid, harsh, hostile, unquestionable, unfriendly, tricky, unequivocal, puzzling, severe, resistant, stony, indubitable, difficult, incontrovertible, strong

    Antonyms:
    questionable, doubtful, pleasant, bearable, controvertible, equivocal, agreeable, nice, ambiguous, soft, easy, friendly, amiable, approachable, simple, straightforward, trite

  7. hard(adjective)

    , severe, harsh, unfriendly, brutal.

    Synonyms:
    unambiguous, difficult, incontrovertible, tough, confusing, resistant, puzzling, unequivocal, strong, stony, hostile, unfriendly, strict, tricky, unquestionable, indubitable, harsh, solid, intolerable, severe, unbearable

    Antonyms:
    nice, straightforward, equivocal, amiable, doubtful, friendly, trite, questionable, soft, controvertible, bearable, approachable, ambiguous, agreeable, easy, simple, pleasant

  8. hard(adjective)

    Unquestionable.

    Synonyms:
    unambiguous, strict, tricky, stony, difficult, intolerable, severe, unfriendly, strong, solid, hostile, incontrovertible, unequivocal, puzzling, confusing, harsh, unbearable, resistant, tough, indubitable, unquestionable

    Antonyms:
    trite, soft, nice, doubtful, controvertible, amiable, friendly, pleasant, ambiguous, agreeable, easy, equivocal, straightforward, simple, approachable, questionable, bearable

  9. hard(adjective)

    Of drink, strong.

    Synonyms:
    strong, confusing, harsh, incontrovertible, unequivocal, hostile, unquestionable, puzzling, resistant, indubitable, difficult, unbearable, unambiguous, tricky, stony, solid, intolerable, unfriendly, severe, tough, strict

    Antonyms:
    approachable, ambiguous, amiable, trite, questionable, bearable, pleasant, doubtful, straightforward, easy, controvertible, simple, nice, soft, friendly, agreeable, equivocal

  10. hard(adjective)

    Having a comparatively larger or a ninety-degree angle.

    Synonyms:
    unfriendly, unbearable, tricky, hostile, confusing, difficult, intolerable, strict, tough, strong, puzzling, unequivocal, unambiguous, harsh, severe, incontrovertible, stony, solid, indubitable, resistant, unquestionable

    Antonyms:
    ambiguous, approachable, nice, easy, doubtful, controvertible, agreeable, trite, straightforward, questionable, friendly, amiable, pleasant, soft, simple, equivocal, bearable

  11. hard(adjective)

    Of water, high in dissolved calcium compounds.

    Synonyms:
    incontrovertible, resistant, severe, strict, difficult, solid, indubitable, unquestionable, puzzling, unfriendly, unambiguous, tough, intolerable, confusing, hostile, tricky, strong, unbearable, harsh, unequivocal, stony

    Antonyms:
    approachable, straightforward, ambiguous, questionable, equivocal, amiable, trite, simple, nice, doubtful, pleasant, controvertible, friendly, soft, agreeable, easy, bearable

  12. hard(adjective)

    Sexually aroused.

    Synonyms:
    resistant, difficult, incontrovertible, unquestionable, strong, confusing, unbearable, harsh, puzzling, solid, indubitable, tough, unequivocal, tricky, unfriendly, strict, unambiguous, stony, intolerable, severe, hostile

    Antonyms:
    trite, nice, soft, simple, agreeable, bearable, equivocal, friendly, straightforward, pleasant, ambiguous, controvertible, easy, questionable, doubtful, amiable, approachable

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. hard

    Arduous (Latin arduus, steep) signifies primarily so steep and lofty as to be difficult of ascent, and hence applies to that which involves great and sustained exertion and ordinarily for a lofty aim; great learning can only be won by arduous toil. Hard applies to anything that resists our endeavors as a scarcely penetrable mass resists our physical force. Anything is hard that involves tax and strain whether of the physical or mental powers. Difficult is not used of that which merely taxes physical force; a dead lift is called hard rather than difficult; breaking stone on the road would be called hard rather than difficult work; that is difficult which involves skill, sagacity, or address, with or without a considerable expenditure of physical force; a geometrical problem may be difficult to solve, a tangled skein to unravel; a mountain difficult to ascend. Hard may be active or passive; a thing may be hard to do or hard to bear. Arduous is always active. That which is laborious or toilsome simply requires the steady application of labor or toil till accomplished; toilsome is the stronger word. That which is onerous (Latin onus, a burden) is mentally burdensome or oppressive. Responsibility may be onerous even when it involves no special exertion.

    Synonyms:
    arduous, difficult, exhausting, laborious, onerous, severe, toilsome, trying

    Antonyms:
    easy, facile, light, pleasant, slight, trifling, trivial

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. hard(a.)

    Synonyms:
    firm, solid, compact, impenetrable, unyielding, not soft

  2. hard(a.)

    Synonyms:
    difficult, embarrassing, perplexing, puzzling, knotty, intricate, not easily understood

  3. hard(a.)

    Synonyms:
    laborious, arduous, toilsome, fatiguing, wearying

  4. hard(a.)

    Synonyms:
    unfeeling, unkind, insensible, unsusceptible, cruel, oppressive, rigorous, severe, unyielding, inflexible, callous, obdurate, hard-hearted

  5. hard(a.)

    Synonyms:
    grievous, distressing, calamitous, painful, disagreeable, unpleasant

  6. hard(a.)

    Synonyms:
    inclement, stormy, tempestuous, cold

  7. hard(a.)

    Synonyms:
    harsh, rough, sour, acid

  8. hard(a.)

    Synonyms:
    coarse, unpalatable

  9. hard(a.)

    Synonyms:
    unfavorable, unprosperous, unpropitious

  10. hard(a.)

    Synonyms:
    10. stiff, constrained, forced, unnatural, ungraceful

  11. hard(a.)

    Synonyms:
    excessive, intemperate

  12. hard(ad.)

    Synonyms:
    close, near

  13. hard(ad.)

    Synonyms:
    laboriously, diligently, earnestly, incessantly, energetically

  14. hard(ad.)

    Synonyms:
    with difficulty, not easily

  15. hard(ad.)

    Synonyms:
    distressfully, painfully, severely, rigorously

  16. hard(ad.)

    Synonyms:
    vehemently, forcibly, violently


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