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  • adj. Having hard or stern features; unattractive.


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  • Neither is sister Ursula so hard-favoured by nature, as from the effects of an accident; but your honour knows that when a woman is ugly, the men do not trouble themselves about the cause of her hard favour.

    Castle Dangerous

  • Marcilius Picinus, Faber Stapulensis, a couple of dwarfs, [3609] Melancthon a short hard-favoured man, parvus erat, sed magnus erat, &c., yet of incomparable parts all three.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • In imitation of whom belike, a hard-favoured fellow in Greece, because he and his wife were both deformed, to get a good brood of children,

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • This man looked very different from either of the two who had previously spoken; he was hard-favoured, but modest and manly - looking.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • Why, a woman as round and big as our largest water-butt - a rough, hard-favoured old girl.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • 'What! Bob, if you married an honest good-natured, and wealthy lass, though a little hard-favoured, couldn't you put up with the high cheek-bones, the rather wide mouth, and reddish hair?'

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • No, truly, unless thou wert hard-favoured; for honesty coupled to beauty is to have honey a sauce to sugar.

    As You Like It

  • This is not an overdrawn portrait of the farmer race of Arabs, the most despised by their fellow-countrymen, and the most hard-favoured, morally as well as physically, of all the breed.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • They are so hard-favoured and monstrous that none can abide them.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • The coming of Cherry-Cheeks and one of the hard-favoured maids with the supper, followed by our host with the wine, followed in turn by Master

    The Yeoman Adventurer

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