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Friday, April 11, 2003

Definitions for inure

  1. To make accustomed or used to something painful, difficult, or inconvenient; to harden; to habituate; as, "inured to drudgery and distress.
  2. To pass into use; to take or have effect; to be applied; to serve to the use or benefit of; as, a gift of lands inures to the heirs.

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Citations for inure
They were a hard-driven, hardworking crowd inured to the hardest living, and they found their recreation in hard drinking and hard fighting. Allen Barra, Inventing Wyatt Earp
How does one become inured to unpredictable moments of helplessness? Stephen Kuusisto, Planet Of The Blind
Origin of inure
Inure derives from prefix in-, "in" + obsolete ure, "use, work," from Old French uevre, "work," from Latin opera, "trouble, pains, exertion," from opus, "work."
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