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This week's theme: verbs.
indurate (IN-doo-rayt, -dyoo-) verb tr.
1. To make hardy, inured, accustomed.
2. To make callous or unfeeling.
1. To make hard.
2. To become established.
adjective (IN-doo-rit, -dyoo-)
Hardened; callous; obstinate.
[From Latin indurare (to harden), from durare (to last), from durus (hard). Ultimately from the Indo-European root deru-/dreu- (to be firm) that's the source of such other words as truth, trust, betroth, tree, endure, and druid.]
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
"Do you need to show exploding heads to illustrate the tragedy of war?
Only, surely, if your audience is so indurated to on-screen suffering,
that nothing else will pierce its hide."
"His person, though muscular, was rather attenuated than full; but every
nerve and muscle appeared strung and indurated by unremitted exposure
The world is a story we tell ourselves about the world. -Vikram Chandra, novelist (b. 1961)
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