• WordNet 3.6
    • v inure cause to accept or become hardened to; habituate "He was inured to the cold"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Inure To apply in use; to train; to discipline; to use or accustom till use gives little or no pain or inconvenience; to harden; to habituate; to practice habitually. "To inure our prompt obedience.""He . . . did inure them to speak little.""Inured and exercised in learning.""The poor, inured to drudgery and distress.""“Here the fortune of the day turned, and all things became adverse to the Romans; the place deep with ooze, sinking under those who stood, slippery to such as advanced; their armor heavy, the waters deep; nor could they wield, in that uneasy situation, their weighty javelins. The barbarians on the contrary, were inured to encounter in the bogs, their persons tall, their spears long, such as could wound at a distance.” In this morass the Roman army, after an ineffectual struggle, was irrecoverably lost; nor could the body of the emperor ever be found. Such was the fate of Decius, in the fiftieth year of his age; . . ."
    • v. i Inure To pass into use; to take or have effect; to be applied; to serve to the use or benefit of; as, a gift of lands inures to the heirs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inure To establish by use; put into exercise or act; insure.
    • inure To use; adapt; qualify; practise; exercise; ply.
    • inure To toughen or harden by exercise; deaden the sensibility of; accustom; habituate: followed by to.
    • inure To pass in use; take or have effect; be applied; become available or serviceable: as, the land will inure to the heirs, or to the benefit of the heirs.
    • inure In law, to devolve as a right. It is commonly used of a devolution by law not intended by the parties: as, if the holder of a lease with covenant for renewal assigns it, and afterward gets a renewal to himself, the renewal inures to the benefit of the assignee.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Inure in-ūr′ to use or practise habitually: to accustom: to harden
    • v.i Inure (law) to come into use or effect: to serve to the use or benefit of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From pref. in-, in + ure, use, work. See Ure use, practice, Opera, and cf. Manure


In literature:

This may apparently be explained as being based on inurement.
"Prof. Koch's Method to Cure Tuberculosis Popularly Treated" by Max Birnbaum
But these folk were far too well inured to the hard life of the plains to voice their troubles.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
In his boyhood in Italy the Prince had been a keen sportsman, and had purposely inured himself to fatigue and privations.
"The True Story Book"
Inur'd to whirling dust, and scorching heat?
"Original sonnets on various subjects; and odes paraphrased from Horace" by Anna Seward
As it was, he only replied that he was inured to fever and did not mind.
"From Jungle to Java" by Arthur Keyser
Those who have passed through the Revolution are inured to war.
"Louis Philippe" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
The darkness added to the difficulties of the progress, but the posse were inured to hardships, and went onward and upward resolutely.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
Then gradually he got inured to it.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
By this time next year you'll be well inured into it like all the rest.
"The Marriage of Elinor" by Margaret Oliphant
Not even life with you for twenty-five years this coming 10th of July has inured me to insult.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
All were sturdy, sunburnt men, who looked inured to hardship and work.
"Captain Bayley's Heir:" by G. A. Henty
Once more he set the guards, and gradually the tribe, inured to horrors, settled itself down to sleep.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Hunger we had become inured to.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
Inured as I had been by circumstances to bad smells, this conquered me.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
Colonel John was a brave man, inured to danger and trained to emergencies, one who had faced death in many forms.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
To an old miner, inured to such life, the work of pitching camp here would have been slight, but to these men it was a new experience.
"The Trail of a Sourdough" by May Kellogg Sullivan
The admiral, inured to scenes of danger, manifested not the slightest agitation or alarm.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
Three weeks after Pete's arrival he began gradually to inure Haig and Marion to living and moving in the snow.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
In application to business he could wear out the men most inured to study.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851" by Various
Korolenko remembers well this Spartan-like education, which inured him to the severity of the seasons.
"Contemporary Russian Novelists" by Serge Persky

In poetry:

O might I learn of thee to bear
Temptation, pain and loss!
Give me a heart inur'd to prayer,
And fitted to the cross.
"In Sickness" by Augustus Montague Toplady
Out on the lake, oarlocks creak
And a woman starts to squeal,
While up in the sky, inured to it all,
The moon's disk senselessly leers.
"Unknown Woman" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
They framed the Bill of Civil Rights,
By which his living was secured
Against those vile malevolent whites
Whose souls to treason were inured.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
But, we'll not pain the ear by telling
Of all the wrongs they have endured,
Of all the brutal, fiend-impelling
Outrage, to which they've been inured.
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell
Her influence taught the Phrygian sage
A tyrant master's wanton rage
With settled smiles to meet;
Inur'd to toil and bitter bread
He bow'd his meek submitted head,
And kiss'd thy sainted feet.
"Hymn To Content" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
His heart was not inured to wrong,
Though he had seen and felt it long;
Yet had he oft implored the time
When there should be an end to crime,
When Truth should rise, assert her claim,
And wrong sink down to whence it came.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell

In news:

I like to feel that I'm at least slightly inured to the daily eruption of flaky conservative ideas, but maybe not.
Is the world inured to the ubiquitous images.
NFL To Punish Players Paid To Inure Other Players.
Just as society can become inured to violence, it can also become inured to sentiment.
No-one was inured in this mornings blaze, but one family dog was killed in the fire that Bay County Fire Fighters responded to at 2am this morning.
Even in a country that sometimes seems inured to income inequality, these takeaways are truly stunning.
I've spent a decent amount of time honing my skills at Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park, but not enough to inure myself to real-world risks.