harden (one's) heart

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harden (one's) heart

To stop or cause one to stop feeling kindness and compassion. I worry that all the trauma she's already been through at such a young age will harden her heart.
See also: harden, heart
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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]
See also: harden, heart
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: harden, heart
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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According to the charges, a-Din had members of the group butcher sheep with their own hands in order to "harden their hearts." He instructed them how to make Molotov cocktails and helped them become comfortable with the sight of blood, the prosecution said.
They hear the word "Palestinian" and harden their hearts. Blatantly one-sided resolutions recently passed by the US Congress, which prostrates itself before Israel unconditionally, are good examples.
Judge Tony Briggs told her: "Those who want drugs smuggled into prisons almost invariably choose the most vulnerable people, and in the circumstances courts must harden their hearts."
'Sadly the time comes, when to protect others, the courts must harden their hearts and look at custody.'
For it was the Lord's doing to harden their hearts that they should come against Israel in battle, in order that they should be utterly destroyed, and should receive no mercy but be exterminated, as the Lord commanded Moses.
Hunting did not harden their hearts but gave them a love for wildlife.
"He's a sad individual with a very, very difficult history and no-one can harden their hearts against him.
Other priests find that while people may listen with their ears, they "harden their hearts" and reject both the message and the right of the priest to proclaim it.
Yet while their survival requires Israelis to harden their hearts to the pain, to take a deep breath and push the grief out of their minds, doing so is slowly turning Israel into a very hardened country.