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hardened adj
1 used of persons; emotionally hardened; "faced a case-hardened judge" [syn: case-hardened, hard-boiled]
2 made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment; "a sword of tempered steel"; "tempered glass" [syn: tempered, treated, toughened] [ant: untempered]
3 made tough by habitual exposure; "hardened fishermen"; "a peasant, dark, lean-faced, wind-inured"- Robert Lynd; "our successors...may be graver, more inured and equable men"- V.S.Pritchett [syn: enured, inured]
4 converted to solid form (as concrete) [syn: set]

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  1. past of harden


  1. Unfeeling or lacking emotion due to experience; callous.
    • The bloody scene could reduce even the most hardened soldier to tears.


unfeeling or lacking emotion due to experience; callous

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