What does the word hardihood mean?

Usage examples for hardihood

  1. His eye is his best feature, though even that does not indicate the desperate hardihood of character which he has exhibited on so many occasions. – Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland, Vol. I (of 2) by John Lloyd Stephens
  2. If he have the hardihood let him light his Yule log in the winter twilight of the snowy woods. – Old Plymouth Trails by Winthrop Packard
  3. How much more extraordinary is the hardihood with which he undertook repeated voyages into unknown seas, amidst all kinds of perils and hardships; the fortitude with which he bore up against an accumulation of mental and bodily afflictions, enough to have disheartened and destroyed the most youthful and robust, and the irrepressible buoyancy of spirit with which to the last he still rose from under the ruined concerns and disappointed hopes and blasted projects of one enterprise, to launch into another, still more difficult and perilous. – The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (Vol. II) by Washington Irving