Hardened
Harden Hard"en (h[aum]rd"'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hardened} (-'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Hardening} (-'n*[i^]ng).] [OE. hardnen, hardenen.] 1. To make hard or harder; to make firm or compact; to indurate; as, to harden clay or iron. [1913 Webster]

2. To accustom by labor or suffering to endure with constancy; to strengthen; to stiffen; to inure; also, to confirm in wickedness or shame; to make unimpressionable. ``Harden not your heart.'' --Ps. xcv. 8. [1913 Webster]

I would harden myself in sorrow. --Job vi. 10. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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