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Merriam-Webster’s
Word of the Day
July 14
 
indurate
 
\IN-duh-rut\   Audio Pronunciation
adjective
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Meaning
     : physically or morally hardened
 
Example Sentence
      The sculpture was so realistic that it seemed that at any moment the indurate marble form would shift position to stare back at the viewer.
 
     
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     "Indurate" is a hard word — in more than one way. Not only is it fairly uncommon in modern usage, but it also can be traced back to Latin "durare," meaning "to harden." (“Durare” can mean "to endure" as well, and appropriately “indurate” is a word that has lasted many years — it has been a part of the English language since the 14th century.) "Durare" is also the root of other durable English words, including "during," "endure," "duration," "durance" (an archaic word meaning "endurance"), and even "durable" itself. In addition, "indurate" can be a verb meaning "to make or grow hard," "to make unfeeling, stubborn, or obdurate," and "to establish firmly."
 
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