One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he was hardened to the violence he had seen and inflicted’
inured, desensitized, deadened, accustomed, habituated, acclimatized, used
2‘a hardened criminal’
inveterate, seasoned, habitual, chronic, compulsive, confirmed, accustomed, dyed-in-the-wool
through and through
incorrigible, incurable, irredeemable, impenitent, unreformable, unregenerate, reprobate, obdurate, shameless
3‘the silos are hardened against air attack’
strengthened, fortified, reinforced, toughened, thickened
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