Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Word Wednesday

I came across a lot of new words this week and had a hard time choosing just one. I came across this one last night as I was reading "Robinson Crusoe," and thought it was a word that had the potential to be used somewhat frequently.

 [in-yoor, i-noor]

verb (used with object):

1. to accustom to hardship, difficulty, pain, etc.; toughen or harden; habituate (usually fol. by to): inured to cold.

verb (used without object):

2. to come into use; take or have effect.
3. to become beneficial or advantageous.


The way this word was used in my book was something to the effect of "the next morning after a long turbulent first night at sea, Crusoe felt a bit better having become a little inured to the movement of the ocean."


Rachel said...

I've heard this word used as a verb with an object before, but I'm totally perplexed by the possibility of using it without an object.

heidi said...

I'm slowly but surely becoming inured to the shock of being dazzled by your accomplishments! (For ex--I noticed you're finishing books at quite the clip! Congrats!)