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1. Chem (of water) impairing the formation of a lather by soap
2. (of alcoholic drink) being a spirit rather than a wine, beer, etc.
3. (of a drug such as heroin, morphine, or cocaine) highly addictive
4. Physics (of radiation, such as gamma rays and X-rays) having high energy and the ability to penetrate solids
5. Physics (of a vacuum) almost complete
6. Chiefly US (of goods) durable
7. politically extreme
8. Brit a roadway across a foreshore
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hard

[härd]
(materials)
Quality of a material that is compact, solid, and difficult to deform.
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OKARA -- A hard-hearted man shot dead his 16-year-old son for not obeying his words at 40/3R village here the other day.
According to Senior public prosecutor Saeed Naeem, on June 21 last year hard-hearted Jumaraz spotted five years old Madeha who was on her way to a nearby store for buying some sweets, he took away the minor to his safe compound and brutally raped her.
According to senior public prosecutor Saeed Naeem, in June 2017, hard-hearted Jumaraz spotted the five-year-old who was on her way to a nearby store to buy some sweets.
No doubt they will present some business case to justify their actions, but to terminate the employment of 1,100 people, at one site, within such a short timeframe, is irresponsible and hard-hearted.
True compassion is achieved by the hard-hearted measures put in place by David Cameron to restore the nation's finances, boost employment and welfare only for those in genuine need.
"Will you stop for a moment being the hard-hearted Hannah of the front bench and be a bit a more compassionate about disabled young people looking for work?" Amid heated exchanges on points of order, Mr Sheerman later defended the phrase as "fair comment" because of the minister's "hard" advocating of Government welfare reforms.
Only a hard-hearted fool would argue that there is no place in a caring, civilised and relatively affluent country for a benefits system.
I may seem hard-hearted, but if a family is in danger of going bankrupt, would it make sense to continue to give to charity?
This is not the first time that Beijing has acted in a cold and hard-hearted way.
However, such candidate, men or women, after entering seminary or nunnery gradually loses this godgiven instinct, the salinity of life and becomes hard-hearted, selfcentered, legalistic and conservative.
Mr Abbott has been called "callous and hard-hearted" by the Opposition for cutting the $211.60 annual bonus as part of the government's mining tax repeal package.
But Swizzels Matlow insisted that those who questioned the motives behind releasing the figures were hard-hearted cynics.