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Hardy and Hearty

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Hardy and Hearty

The adjective hardy (related to hard) means daring, courageous, and capable of surviving difficult conditions.

The adjective hearty (related to heart) means showing warm and heartfelt affection or providing abundant nourishment.


  • The miniature rose may look delicate, but it is an exceptionally hardy flower.

  • "Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors." (Norman Cousins)


(a) On the first day of class, the instructor greeted the students with a _____ welcome to college.

(b) The senator has shown herself to be a _____ politician, one who has survived by swinging between political parties.

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