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callous

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Definition heartless (cruel lack of concern for other's feelings)
  • She displays a callous indifference to others' suffering.
callous = heartless (cruel)
  • 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
  • A week after the wedding I broke up with Nick—callously, I'm ashamed to say.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • callously = with a cruel lack of concern for other's feelings
  • Even Odysseus himself seemed changed, callous instead of unflinching.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • callous = heartless (with a cruel lack of concern)
  • With a careless motion, she flung to the ground, callous as a devil, the child that up to now she had clutched strenuously to her breast, growling over it as a dog growls over a bone.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • callous = heartless (cruel)
  • "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
  • callous = heartless (cruel lack of concern for other's feelings)
  • ...what he was about to say was just an aftereffect of someone else's actions—someone else's callousness.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • callousness = insensitivity (emotionally)
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • He didn't seem to be sorry at all, and suddenly she was angry at him, not only for his callousness about the horse but because he didn't appreciate anything that was being done for him, by her or anyone else.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • callousness = insensitivity (emotionally)
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • 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
  • callous = heartless (with a cruel lack of concern)
  • Articles had appeared in nearly every major newspaper blasting the government's callous disregard for life.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • callous = heartless (with a disregard for others)
  • ...he is brute, and more than brute; he is devil in callous, and the heart of him is not;
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • callous = heartlessness (cruel lack of concern for others)
  • "For starters," he said, "I will take each and every one of your books—and I will burn them." It was callous.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • callous = heartless (cruel)
  • "I won't give it to any one, I won't give you anything," Snegiryov cried callously.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • [with brotherly callousness] Nobody could get very sentimental about Violet, I think, pretty as she is.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • —as though cruelty and callousness were the norm, ordinary decency the marvel.
    Corrie ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Get back to the herd!" yelled Tom, shocked despite his callousness.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • The callousness of those spear shafts on the woman's back and shoulders survives time and translation.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • It seemed the last touch of his callousness.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Have they been programmed to hate our faces particularly because we have survived and they were so callously murdered?
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games

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