world-hardened love

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hardened by the love of worldly things.

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Examples

  • But album covers, even those made for kids, are designed by grown-up, world-hardened ...

    19 Unintentionally Terrifying Children's Album Covers (PHOTOS)

  • But album covers, even those made for kids, are designed by grown-up, world-hardened and bitter adults.

    19 Unintentionally Terrifying Children's Album Covers (PHOTOS)

  • The simple candor of the old man, no longer the stock-jobber, who, for the first time in his life, saw that something was more sacred and more precious than gold, really moved these world-hardened men; some exchanged smiles; other looked at Nucingen with an expression that plainly said, “Such a man to have come to this!” —

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • Even the most cynical and world-hardened thought it a pity, and these would have been confounded if they could have heard just now his passionate plea for marriage.

    Wild Wings A Romance of Youth

  • Money had so long been his idol that tender and benevolent emotions were well-nigh extinguished in his world-hardened heart.

    Stories and Sketches

  • Hitty was in the garden; her white morning-dress shone among the roses, and the morning air had flushed her pale cheek; she looked fair and delicate and gracious; but her helpless ignorance of the world's ways and usages attracted the world-hardened man more than her face.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 22, August, 1859

  • Never loud, but with an insistent force which held the listeners in thrall, sometimes so low that it was but a murmur, the exquisite music stole over the senses of all, awakening tender memories, reviving scattered hopes, softening, for the short space it held its sway, world-hardened hearts.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills or, One Heart's Burden

  • The strains go _home_, and the 'fountains of the great deep are broken up;' the great deep of unfathomable feeling, that lies far, far below the surface of the world-hardened heart; and as the unwonted yet unchecked tear starts to the eye, the softened spirit yields to their influence, and shakes off the moil of earthly care; rising, purified and spiritualized, into a clearer atmosphere. '

    The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, February 1844 Volume 23, Number 2

  • If Bruce had been less sensitive, more world-hardened, his failure would not have seemed such a crushing, unbearable thing, but alone in the killing monotony he brooded over the money he had sunk for other people until it seemed like a colossal disgrace for which there was no excuse and that he could never live down.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots

  • She had no idea that success and prosperity had thus changed her; the world-hardened never know it themselves.

    A German Pompadour Being the Extraordinary History of Wilhelmine van Grävenitz, Landhofmeisterin of Wirtemberg

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