[verb in-doo-reyt, -dyoo-; adjective in-doo-rit, -dyoo-; in-doo r-it, -dyoo r-]
- to make hard; harden, as rock, tissue, etc.: Cold indurates the soil.
- to make callous, stubborn, or unfeeling: transgressions that indurate the heart.
- to inure; accustom: to indurate oneself to privation and suffering.
- to make enduring; confirm; establish: to indurate custom through practice.
- to become hard; harden.
- to become established or confirmed.
- hardened; unfeeling; callous; inured.
Origin of indurate
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Examples from the Web for indurate
Pick up again his indurate book, Dreams from My Father, and see the harsh truth.What’s Left of Obama’s Mideast Policy?
July 18, 2013
Imogen was deaf to their expostulations, and indurate and callous as adamant to their persuasions.Imogen
Underneath these coherent and indurate ledges the most valuble ores exist, but coal and fossils are searched for in vain.
Even where there is no plastering, the tattooing may be found to indurate the skin, and to render it less sensible to cold.John Rutherford, the White Chief
George Lillie Craik
The drops that trickle within the cavern harden, yet brighten into spars as they indurate.Godolphin, Complete
Can we consistently blame her if she becomes callous, when every legal provision directly tends to indurate her sensibilities?The History of Prostitution
William W. Sanger
- to make or become hard or callous
- to make or become hardy
- hardened, callous, or unfeeling
C16: from Latin indūrāre to make hard; see endure
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Word Origin and History for indurate
1530s, from Latin induratus, past participle of indurare "to make hard, harden" (see endure). Related: Indurated.
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