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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of harden.
  • adj. Unfeeling or lacking emotion due to experience; callous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made hard, or harder, or compact; made unfeeling or callous; made obstinate or obdurate; confirmed in error or vice.
  • adj. Rendered resistant to the effects of nearby explosions.
  • adj. Experienced and inured to hardship.
  • adj. Strongly habituated to a certain type of behavior, and unlikely to change. Usually used only of behavior perceived negatively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons)
  • adj. converted to solid form (as concrete)
  • adj. used of persons; emotionally hardened
  • adj. made tough by habitual exposure
  • adj. made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment


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  • He sniffed, and as Hap watched, his expression hardened once more.

    End of Time

  • His expression hardened as he leaned over to unlace his boot.

    Deadly Promises

  • Then her expression hardened and she strode after Fandral as if about to rush off to war.


  • His expression hardened when he spotted Adam, but just as quickly as his scowl appeared, it was replaced by a smile.

    One Red Rose

  • Playfair frowned and his expression hardened just a mite.

    Black Butterfly

  • Her expression hardened and she fixed the white cat with a cold stare.


  • His expression hardened to that ruthless one she knew he reserved for the criminals.

    Not So Innocent

  • Something startlingly like compassion flickered across his dark features, but when he looked away, his expression hardened quickly again.

    A Flag Full of Stars

  • He took another look at her temple and his expression hardened.


  • It was just a millisecond, but he caught it anyway, and his expression hardened.



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