Inure vs enure

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Inure means to habituate or cause someone or something to become accustomed to or less sensitive to an unpleasant condition through practice or repeated exposure. Inure is a transitive verb, used with an object. The related noun is inurement, the gerund is inuring.

Enure is (1) a legal term meaning to happen, to be applied, to come into effect, to serve as a benefit to a person (2) an older variant of inure. While the spelling of the legal term can sometimes be found as inure, the trend is toward reserving the spelling of the legal form as enure.


The astonishingly excessive violence of the Roman games served to inure the Roman citizen to the brutality of the society; in fact, it could be argued that the murderous brutality of Rome as a slave society and a warrior state depended on suppressing empathy for either slaves or conquered peoples by the general population. (Huffington Post)

After all, what has been more revolutionary in the past 50 years of popular culture than Hollywood’s ability to inure us to all the violence we accept in the service of quality narrative? (Washington Post)

The proposed changes represent an approach which will enure to the benefit of the persons concerned and the society as a whole, and reduce the burdens on the court system. (The World Post)
“Be that as it may, if the investigative steps have not been properly recorded, the benefit would enure to the accused,” the court said. (Times of India)

The amendments empowered tax authorities to cancel registration of such entities if their income did not “enure” for the benefit of general public or any income or property of the trust was used for the benefit of specified persons such as the author of trust or trustees, or its funds were invested in prohibited modes.(Economic Times)