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hardened

[hahr-dnd] /ˈhɑr dnd/
adjective
1.
made or become hard or harder.
2.
pitiless; unfeeling.
3.
firmly established or unlikely to change; inveterate:
a hardened criminal.
4.
inured; toughened:
a hardened trooper.
5.
rigid; unyielding:
a hardened attitude.
6.
(of a missile base) equipped to launch missiles from underground silos.
7.
(of a missile) capable of being launched from an underground silo.
Origin of hardened
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see harden, -ed2
Related forms
semihardened, adjective
unhardened, adjective
well-hardened, adjective

harden

[hahr-dn] /ˈhɑr dn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make hard or harder:
to harden steel.
2.
to make pitiless or unfeeling:
to harden one's heart.
3.
to make rigid or unyielding; stiffen:
The rigors of poverty hardened his personality.
4.
to strengthen or confirm, especially with reference to character, intentions, feelings, etc.; reinforce.
5.
to make hardy, robust, or capable of endurance; toughen.
6.
Military. to reinforce the structure of (a military or strategic installation) to protect it from nuclear bombardment.
verb (used without object)
7.
to become hard or harder.
8.
to become pitiless or unfeeling.
9.
to become rigid or unyielding; stiffen:
His personality hardened over the years.
10.
to become confirmed or strengthened:
His resistance hardened.
11.
to become inured or toughened:
The troops hardened under constant fire.
12.
Commerce.
  1. to cease to fluctuate; firm:
    When the speculators withdrew from the market, the prices hardened.
  2. to rise higher.
Origin
1150-1200; Middle English; see hard, -en1
Related forms
hardenable, adjective
hardenability, noun
overharden, verb
preharden, verb (used with object)
reharden, verb
unharden, verb (used with object)
unhardenable, adjective
Synonyms
1. solidify, indurate; petrify, ossify. 4. fortify, steel, brace, nerve.
Antonyms
1. soften. 4. weaken.
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  • In those days I was not altogether a hardened politician, and felt somewhat sensitive on the charge.

    Reminiscences of Queensland William Henry Corfield
  • But Sapphira was "hardened through the deceitfulness of sin."

  • hardened steel has a high degree of retentivity, while soft iron retains but little magnetism.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • He was hardened, steeped in guilt, and callous as to the sufferings of others.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • There was nothing ingenuous in him now; he had the look of experience, of having been seasoned and hardened by the years.

    Georgina's Reasons Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for hardened

hardened

/ˈhɑːdənd/
adjective
1.
rigidly set, as in a mode of behaviour
2.
toughened, as by custom; seasoned
3.
(of a nuclear missile site) constructed to withstand a nuclear attack

harden1

/ˈhɑːdən/
verb
1.
to make or become hard or harder; freeze, stiffen, or set
2.
to make or become more hardy, tough, or unfeeling
3.
to make or become stronger or firmer: they hardened defences
4.
to make or become more resolute or set: hardened in his resolve
5.
(intransitive) (commerce)
  1. (of prices, a market, etc) to cease to fluctuate
  2. (of price) to rise higher
See also harden off, harden up

harden2

/ˈhɑːdən/
noun
1.
a rough fabric made from hards
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Word Origin and History for hardened

harden

n.

c.1200 (replacing Old English heardian) "to make (something) hard," from hard + -en (1). Meaning "to become hard" is late 14c. Related: Hardened (figurative sense of "unfeeling" is from late 14c.); hardening.

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