hardened hardened  /ˈhɑr dənd/


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


  1. Most are from comfortable middle-class backgrounds with little experience of the street battles in Mexico's hardened barrios.
  2. At 20, Marwan is already a battle-hardened insurgent, a jihadi foot soldier in Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi's terrorist group, al-Qaeda in Iraq.
  3. This is what happened at Rancho Santa Fe, where foolish notions hardened into fatal certainties.


  1. Former gang members learn how to be family men

    We went inside a local prison where hardened criminals are starting to feel their shells break apart.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Toledo News Now

  2. Wanna tweet to aliens? Cold War dish to target deep space

    California's Jamesburg Earth Station was built to support the Apollo 11 moonshot and was hardened against nuclear attack. (Credit: Jamesburg Earth Station) The people of Gliese 526 are waiting for news of Earth. They may or may not exist, and they may or may not want to invade our planet once they learn about us. But a project to crowdsource and send messages to them wants to try to make contact ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: CNET

  3. Al Qaeda-linked fighters in Syria look to change image

    TEL RIFAT, Syria – Battle-hardened Al Qaeda-linked fighters helping insurgents in Syria are winning over their fellow warriors with a newfound discipline that could make them even more formidable in the war for the hearts and minds of civilians caught in the crossfire of a bloody civil war.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Fox News


  1. "I was and remain a strong proponent of our enhanced interrogation program. The interrogations were used on hardened terrorists after other efforts had failed," said Cheney.
    on May 21, 2009 By: Vice President Dick Cheney Source: AFP

  2. "Unlike Iraq, it has few natural resources and has an underdeveloped infrastructure. Its democratic institutions are fragile," Bush said. "And its enemies are some of the most hardened terrorists and extremists in the world."
    on Sep 8, 2008 By: President Bush Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "It's no secret that the president approved a lawful program in order to interrogate hardened terrorists," Perino said. "We do not torture. We also know that this program has saved lives by disrupting terrorist attacks."
    on Dec 11, 2007 By: Dana Perino Source: Forbes

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