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callous
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Bleak House
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callous
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Bleak House
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  • For howsoever bad the devil can be in fustian or smock-frock (and he can be very bad in both), he is a more designing, callous, and intolerable devil when he sticks a pin in his shirt-front, calls himself a gentleman, backs a card or colour, plays a game or so of billiards, and knows a little about bills and promissory notes than in any other form he wears.  (not reviewed by editor)

Samples from Other Sources
  • She displays a callous indifference to others` suffering.

  • Callous as they were to my suffering, they were equally callous to their own when anything befell them.
    Jack London  --  The Sea Wolf

  • ...in a tone of the deepest reproach, as if he were the most callous of nephews...
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations

  • ...what he was about to say was just an aftereffect of someone else`s actions—someone else`s callousness.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why

  • "You have to understand; we`re trained to see things as logically as possible," says Cara. "So don`t think that I`m callous. But..."
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent

  • Dennis saw the callous way my aunt treated me, and he saw her love trysts with Mr. Stein, and he never said anything about how she acted with Mr. Stein, but he`d always offer a kind word to me, or just make a joke.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
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