- made or become hard or harder.
- pitiless; unfeeling.
- firmly established or unlikely to change; inveterate: a hardened criminal.
- inured; toughened: a hardened trooper.
- rigid; unyielding: a hardened attitude.
- (of a missile base) equipped to launch missiles from underground silos.
- (of a missile) capable of being launched from an underground silo.
Origin of hardened
- to make hard or harder: to harden steel.
- to make pitiless or unfeeling: to harden one's heart.
- to make rigid or unyielding; stiffen: The rigors of poverty hardened his personality.
- to strengthen or confirm, especially with reference to character, intentions, feelings, etc.; reinforce.
- to make hardy, robust, or capable of endurance; toughen.
- Military. to reinforce the structure of (a military or strategic installation) to protect it from nuclear bombardment.
- to become hard or harder.
- to become pitiless or unfeeling.
- to become rigid or unyielding; stiffen: His personality hardened over the years.
- to become confirmed or strengthened: His resistance hardened.
- to become inured or toughened: The troops hardened under constant fire.
- Commerce. (of a market, prices, etc.)
- to cease to fluctuate; firm: When the speculators withdrew from the market, the prices hardened.
- to rise higher.
Origin of harden
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1. solidify, indurate; petrify, ossify. 4. fortify, steel, brace, nerve.
1. soften. 4. weaken.
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Examples from the Web for hardened
Many of them are convicted drug dealers and other hardened criminals.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike
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She reportedly told them, “Sophie Lyons is a hardened criminal, and too smart to be caught like this.”Meet 'The Queen of Thieves' Marm Mandelbaum, New York City's First Mob Boss
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A comedy titan who was always the center of attention, amusing even the most hardened of cynics with his manic energy.Robin Williams, Hollywood’s Grand Jester, Is Dead at 63
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I maximize time in hardened buildings and only return to my thin-walled quarters for sleep.Dodging Rockets in Afghanistan as the Taliban’s Fighting Season Begins
May 14, 2014
Valiant was a man beaten down by life, but not enough to be hardened.Remembering Bob Hoskins, the Burly British Star of ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit,’ Who Died at 71
April 30, 2014
Physically he had undoubtedly improved; his legs had hardened and smoothed down.Thoroughbreds
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The law represented the best that could be done with hardened hearts.Understanding the Scriptures
But Sapphira was "hardened through the deceitfulness of sin."Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
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I am hardened now, I have sunk too low to care long even for that.'Little Dorrit
He was hardened, steeped in guilt, and callous as to the sufferings of others.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
- rigidly set, as in a mode of behaviour
- toughened, as by custom; seasoned
- (of a nuclear missile site) constructed to withstand a nuclear attack
- to make or become hard or harder; freeze, stiffen, or set
- to make or become more hardy, tough, or unfeeling
- to make or become stronger or firmerthey hardened defences
- to make or become more resolute or sethardened in his resolve
- (intr) commerce
- (of prices, a market, etc) to cease to fluctuate
- (of price) to rise higher
- a rough fabric made from hards
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Word Origin and History for hardened
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