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inured (adj) accustomed to; get used to; hardened to.

You become inured to something, especially something unpleasant, if you get used to it, and therefore it does not upset you very much when it happens again. You get inured to hardships, if difficulties no more worry you, because you have got used to them. Soldiers on the war front are inured to the sight of blood and death. That is, they get used to seeing blood and death so often, that the sight of one more death or some more blood does not affect them much. Habitual offenders are inured to the unpleasant conditions of prison life. That is, they don't feel the unpleasantness of it anymore as they have been in prison often.

  • Years of labor in the prison camps made him inured to the hardships of labor. Having got used to it he no more found it difficult.
  • Doctors, especially surgeons, become inured to the sight of blood and suffering, as they have to deal with them everyday. So they are not unduly shocked by them.
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