Why this phrase is right: The hardened professional smuggler?

I think because hardened = professional, so it is weird to see the phrase: the hardened professional smuggler.

But I know that phrase is right, can you tell me why is it right?


Hardened and professional don't exactly have the same meanings.


used to describe someone who has had a lot of bad experiences and as a result no longer gets upset or shocked

no longer likely to change a bad way of life or feel sorry about it


used to describe someone who does a job that people usually do as a hobby

having the type of job that is respected because it involves a high level of education and training

Anyways, it's not grammatically wrong to describe something with two similar-meaning adjectives.

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