Definition of inure in English:

inure

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1usually be inured toAccustom (someone) to something, especially something unpleasant.

    ‘these children have been inured to violence’
    • ‘We are so inured to the news, it's refreshing to have the conflict described by somebody who was there.’
    • ‘Learning his political affiliation was a bitter blow, fifteen years ago, when I'd just fallen in love, but I am inured to the knowledge by now.’
    • ‘They are inured to charges of lies or corruption - violence and prurience are what moves them.’
    • ‘We are perhaps inured to some of its excesses, but I don't think any Scot does not find it reprehensible.’
    • ‘After seven years in the firing line with Rangers and three-and-a-half years prising out body pellets at Goodison Park, Smith is inured to criticism.’
    • ‘You'd think my Southern nature would inure me to this weather.’
    • ‘No one who watches the movie now would shriek or gasp at the first sight of the monster- we're too inured to more convincing beasts.’
    • ‘Chennai's citizens are quite inured to the problem of water scarcity.’
    • ‘The routinization of this kind of scandal in academia has almost inured us to the possibility of recourse.’
    • ‘I worry about the state of their souls as individuals, and about the state of a society that produces people so inured to violence and gore.’
    • ‘We are so ethically and morally challenged, that we are inured to the trampling of the truth.’
    • ‘They think we are inured to the whole business and, in any case, suffused with a boredom with the political process.’
    • ‘We are so inured to the laxness and corruptness, that we defend the bullies and liars.’
    • ‘The frightening risks taken by clandestine immigrants are so common we are inured to them.’
    • ‘Oh well, at least all those years in the aquarium have completely inured me to being wet.’
    • ‘It means as well that the American population must be inured to violence and brutality, both abroad and at home.’
    • ‘In exchange for the privilege of fieldwork he had to do camp chores every afternoon, which was nothing - three years of graduate school had inured him to slave labor and subsistence living.’
    • ‘Naturally, Critser found all this perturbing but, like most people, he was inured to the daily diet of doom and gloom fed to him by the press - all the more so since he belongs to its massed ranks himself.’
    • ‘And, no matter how thick the skin or how inured you've become to it, it hurts.’
    • ‘Perhaps it works best if seen as a character study of Detective Coleman, an examination of a cop who has seen so much evil that he is inured to it.’
    harden, toughen, season, temper, condition
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  • 2Law

    variant spelling of enure (sense 1)
    • ‘To ignore the law would no longer constitute an abuse of the jury's power, as long as that disregard inured to the benefit of the defendant.’
    • ‘Private property is in essence a cluster of rights inuring to the benefit of the owner, freely exchangeable in accordance with the terms of private agreements, and recognized and protected by common consent.’
    • ‘You agree that all use of the Logo, and all goodwill arising out of such use, will inure to the sole benefit of the association.’
    • ‘The higher charge didn't inure to the benefit of the defendants in that case.’
    • ‘It inures to the benefit of the victim and the victim's family.’

Origin

Late Middle English inure, enure, from an Anglo-Norman French phrase meaning ‘in use or practice’, from en ‘in’ + Old French euvre ‘work’ (from Latin opera).

Pronunciation

inure

/ɪˈnjʊə//ɪˈnjɔː/