harden (one's) heart(redirected from harden our hearts)
harden (one's) heart
To stop or keep someone from feeling kindness and compassion. I worry that all the trauma she's already been through at such a young age will harden her heart.
harden one's heart
Feel no sympathy for, as in We can't afford to give them more; we'll just have to harden our hearts when they ask . [Late 1300s]
harden your heart
If you harden your heart, you force yourself not to feel love or sympathy for someone or something. Note: The heart is traditionally regarded as the centre of the emotions. The weeping continued. Lionel hardened his heart against the sound. The government's violent response to the mass action will only harden the people's hearts against the ruling party. Note: You can also say that your heart hardens. Anna saw the hurt in her father's eyes and her heart hardened.