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What is another word for tough?

Need synonyms for tough? Here's a list of similar words from our thesaurus that you can use instead.

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(of a person, animal or material) Able to withstand physical hardship, strain, or exposure
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“David Dunn is a tough, superhuman vigilante that can also see the crimes people have committed just by having physical contact with them.”
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Demonstrating a strict and uncompromising approach
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“The coalition makes no apologies for taking a tough approach to crime.”
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Difficult and requiring determination or effort
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“Some very tough work will be required to complete this demanding project on time.”
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Grim or severe in nature
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“Having to commute long distances to get to the factory was a tough way to make a living.”
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Able to endure hardship or pain
“It is important to remain tough in the face of any obstacles that life may throw at you.”
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Requiring exceptional nous or caution in performance or handling
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“This is a tough issue that must be really thought through.”
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(of a place) Prone to violence or disturbance
“I learned to be street-smart after growing up in a tough neighborhood.”
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(of edible substances) Having a pliable or springy texture when chewed
“If you don't mind your steak being a little tough, you may wish to have it cooked rare.”
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Not favored by fortune
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“It was just tough luck that we got to the intersection at the moment the lights turned red.”
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Stubbornly, and perhaps unreasonably, holding to an opinion, decision or purpose
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Showing or having an insensitive and cruel disregard for others
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Physically strong or muscular
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Not easy to please or satisfy
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Exercising power in a cruel or arbitrary way
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Severe or intense, especially in a painful or unpleasant way
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Behaving, spoken or done in a determined and forceful way
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Spirited or plucky
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Rude and caustic in manner or expression
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Practical and realistic
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(of a person) Lacking sophistication or refinement
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Aggressively vigorous or forceful
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Made unpalatable or inedible by cooking for too long
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Having or showing a tendency to be easily annoyed or angered
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Very severe or serious
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Inedible
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Of, pertaining to, or resembling mucus
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Having the necessary knack, personality and instinct for survival in rough, urban environments
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Capable of resisting a storm
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Of considerable importance or seriousness
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Characterized by poverty or a lack of productivity
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Complete, total
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Difficult to understand or deal with
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Masculine in an overly assertive or aggressive way
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Tending to misbehave or act badly
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Showing or characterized by great energy and movement