inure

verb
in·ure | \i-ˈnu̇r, -ˈnyu̇r\
variants: or less commonly \i-ˈnu̇r, -ˈnyu̇r, e- \
inured; inuring

Definition of inure 

transitive verb

: to accustom to accept something undesirable children inured to violence

intransitive verb

: to become of advantage policies that inure to the benefit of employees

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Other Words from inure

inurement \i-ˈnu̇r-mənt, -ˈnyu̇r \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for inure

Synonyms

fortify, harden, indurate, season, steel, strengthen, toughen

Antonyms

soften

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Examples of inure in a Sentence

Does violence on television inure children to violence in real life? the hardship of army training inured her to the rigors of desert warfare

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Maybe that’s a sign that the American people are becoming inured to Trump’s falsehoods & distortions. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Trade war will tariff us apart," 7 July 2018 As the Government concedes, that access will inure right away to the benefit of AT&T’s current video distribution subscribers. Nilay Patel, The Verge, "The court’s decision to let AT&T and Time Warner merge is ridiculously bad," 15 June 2018 Get our daily newsletter Even for a public inured to garish politics, events of late have proved worrying. The Economist, "People in India often despair of their democracy," 31 May 2018 Americans are inured to the personnel drama in the White House—the factions and flameouts and new blood and walking wounded. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "Trump vs. the “Deep State”," 14 May 2018 Vaulting a few women of color to the top gives the beauty standard a progressive sheen that helps inure it from criticism. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "‘I Feel Pretty’ and the Rise of Beauty-Standard Denialism," 23 Apr. 2018 Soccer is now too scientific, too professional, too driven by the quantifiable for the actions of fans to count for anything, ran one strand of logic: The players are deaf to the jeers, inured to intimidation. Rory Smith, New York Times, "In Blur of Smoke, Jeers and Then Goals, Liverpool Humbles Manchester City at Anfield," 4 Apr. 2018 That has inured to the great detriment of the American People. Fox News, "Sen. Mike Lee: Budget process is bad for the American people," 26 Mar. 2018 Instead of inured, maybe people are just exhausted. James Burnett, Anchorage Daily News, "Mass shootings have started to look, sound and feel the same – and that’s a problem," 17 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of inure

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for inure

Middle English enuren, from in ure customary, from putten in ure to use, put into practice, partial translation of Anglo-French mettre en ovre, en uevre

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inure

verb

English Language Learners Definition of inure

: to cause (someone) to be less affected by something unpleasant : to cause (someone) to be less sensitive to something unpleasant

in·ure | \i-ˈnu̇r, -ˈnyu̇r \
inured; inuring

Legal Definition of inure 

: to become of advantage usually used in the phrase inure to the benefit of

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