Definition of hard-headed in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhɑːdˈhɛdɪd/


Practical and realistic; not sentimental: a hard-headed businessman
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  • I don't think many people are aware quite how much theatre design is a hard-headed practical matter.
  • It radiates hard-headed realism, icy egoism and unsentimental calculation.
  • I've come to cherish the hard-headed practicality of the hero's wife in Henry Handel Richardson's The Fortunes of Richard Mahony.



Example sentences
  • Keller plays the anti drug game hard-heartedly and hard-headedly, seeking the big win no matter what he must lose on the way.
  • The book is a curious mixture of the Panglossian - the US as a kindly elephant, centre of the global ecosystem - and the hard-headedly critical.
  • Any such definitive analysis, however, would need to respond, at the very least, both to his at once ‘avant- garde’ and hard-headedly commercial use of abstracted, deliberately over-stylised backgrounds and movements, and to the logical circularity which repeatedly dictates the emotional lives of his characters.


Example sentences
  • In his philanthropy, however, Soros epitomizes the rare combination of generosity and hard-headedness that is needed to build civil societies from the ground up.
  • Here Giroux's hard-headedness works to another effect.
  • American hard-headedness could be the antidote.

Words that rhyme with hard-headed

bareheaded, boneheaded, fatheaded, hot-headed, light-headed, pig-headed, pinheaded, thickheaded, unleaded, unwedded, wooden-headed, wrong-headed

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