from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having coarse, unattractive or stern features.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having coarse features.


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  • The latter were big, hard-featured, sheepish-faced men, who stared at Saxon as if afraid of her.


  • The children of the neighbourhood were afraid of the hard-featured shrew who presided over the Bartell house; but, summoning their resolution, they rang the bell and told Ann Bartell of the accident.


  • What was it about this hard-featured man that inspired such confidence?

    Captured by Moonlight

  • In Nanxuzhou Pearl came close to taking the conventional missionary view that pictured Chinese people not as individuals but as a menacing, faceless horde, morally obnoxious and numerically overwhelming: “hard-featured, envious, curious, unsympathetic and ungracious,” as the head of U.S. Presbyterian Missions put it on a tour of the Yangtse basin, “they flock to a foreigner and close him in, like ants to a piece of bread.”


  • But a high nose, a full, decided, well-opened, quick grey eye, and a sanguine complexion, made amends for some coarseness and irregularity in the subordinate parts of the face; so that, altogether, Montrose might be termed rather a handsome, than a hard-featured man.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • In a word, he has such an easy, yet manly politeness, as well in his dress, as in his address (no singu — larity appearing in either) that were he not a fine figure of a man, but were even plain and hard-featured, he would be thought (what is far more eligible in a man, than mere beauty) very agreeable.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • Northumberland are lusty fellows, fresh complexioned, cleanly, and well cloathed; but the labourers in Scotland are generally lank, lean, hard-featured, sallow, soiled, and shabby, and their little pinched blue caps have a beggarly effect.

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • The two new-comers were tall, stout, well-made young Men, hard-featured, and very much sun-burnt.

    The Monk

  • “Does he live there?” asks the black bonnet of the gray coat; and the hard-featured farmer reins up his grateful dobbin to inquire what you are doing where he sees no manure in the furrow, and recommends a little chip dirt, or any little waste stuff, or it may be ashes or plaster.


  • He was a rough-headed, hard-featured personage, not old, but very weather-beaten; his attire was decent and clean, that of his children singularly neat; it was our old friend, Farren.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte


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