Definition of inure in English:


(also enure)


  • 1[with object] Accustom (someone) to something, especially something unpleasant.

    ‘these children have been inured to violence’
    • ‘Chennai's citizens are quite inured to the problem of water scarcity.’
    • ‘We are so inured to the laxness and corruptness, that we defend the bullies and liars.’
    • ‘They think we are inured to the whole business and, in any case, suffused with a boredom with the political process.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It means as well that the American population must be inured to violence and brutality, both abroad and at home.’
    • ‘And, no matter how thick the skin or how inured you've become to it, it hurts.’
    • ‘Oh well, at least all those years in the aquarium have completely inured me to being wet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You'd think my Southern nature would inure me to this weather.’
    • ‘They are inured to charges of lies or corruption - violence and prurience are what moves them.’
    • ‘We are so inured to the news, it's refreshing to have the conflict described by somebody who was there.’
    • ‘We are perhaps inured to some of its excesses, but I don't think any Scot does not find it reprehensible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The frightening risks taken by clandestine immigrants are so common we are inured to them.’
    • ‘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.’
    harden, toughen, season, temper, condition
    accustom, habituate, familiarize, acclimatize, adjust, adapt, attune
    desensitize, dehumanize, brutalize, case-harden
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  • 2Law
    [no object] Come into operation; take effect.

    ‘a release given to one of two joint contractors inures to the benefit of both’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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).