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hardened

adjective uk   /ˈhɑː.dənd/ us    /ˈhɑːr-/
[before noun] used to describe someone who has had a lot of bad experiences and as a result no longer gets upset or shocked: hardened detectives/reporters [before noun] no longer likely to change a bad way of life or feel sorry about it: a hardened criminal be/become hardened to sth to develop a way of dealing with a sad situation so that it no longer upsets you: You see all sorts of terrible things when you're a nurse so you become hardened to it.
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