[in-yoo r, ih-noo r]
- to accustom to hardship, difficulty, pain, etc.; toughen or harden; habituate (usually followed by to): inured to cold.
- to come into use; take or have effect.
- to become beneficial or advantageous.
Origin of inure
1480–90; v. use of phrase in ure, en ure in use, customary < Anglo-French en ure in use, at work, equivalent to en in + ure < Latin opera, plural of opus work; compare French oeuvre
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Examples from the Web for inurement
This may apparently be explained as being based on inurement.
Children, on account of their high natural warmth, are the proper subjects for inurement to cold.Aristotle and Ancient Educational Ideals
Suffering, like everything else, becomes much more bearable with inurement to it.Psychotherapy
James J. Walsh
- (tr; often passive often foll by to) to cause to accept or become hardened to; habituate
- (intr) (esp of a law, etc) to come into operation; take effect
C15 enuren to accustom, from ure use, from Old French euvre custom, work, from Latin opera works, plural of opus
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Word Origin and History for inurement
early 15c., in ure "in practice," from obsolete ure "work, practice, exercise, use," probably from Old French uevre, oeuvre "work," from Latin opera (see opus). Related: Inured; inuring.
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