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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
  • a tone of the deepest reproach, as if he were the most callous of nephews...
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • ...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
  • —as though cruelty and callousness were the norm, ordinary decency the marvel.
    Corrie ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Get back to the herd!" yelled Tom, shocked despite his callousness.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • The callousness of those spear shafts on the woman's back and shoulders survives time and translation.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
  • It seemed the last touch of his callousness.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Have they been programmed to hate our faces particularly because we have survived and they were so callously murdered?
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • I'm appalled at Cain's callousness.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • They need their callousness, they need their ignorance.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • HOPE—(with a dull callousness) Somebody croaked your Evelyn, eh?
    Eugene O'Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh

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