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Showing or having an insensitive and cruel disregard for others:‘his callous comments about the murder made me shiver’
heartless, unfeeling, uncaring, cold, cold-hearted, hard, as hard as nails, hard-hearted, with a heart of stone, stony-hearted, insensitive, lacking compassion, hard-bitten, cold-blooded, hardened, case-hardened, harsh, cruel, ruthless, brutalunsympathetic, uncharitable, indifferent, unconcerned, unsusceptible, insensible, bloodless, soullesshard-boiledindurate, indurated, marble-heartedView synonyms
- ‘Under its sugarcoating of carefree decadence lies a remarkably cruel and callous film.’
- ‘But despite the ineluctable force of modernization it's surprising how strongly and deeply rooted this callous disregard for women is.’
- ‘If only you new the truth you would hang your head in shame at your ignorance and callous disregard for the suffering of your fellow Australians.’
- ‘Certainly, there is no denying that these cruel and callous acts were terrorism.’
- ‘All of them are presented as taking place in an environment of such reckless irresponsibility and callous disregard of the value of human life as to strain credulity.’
- ‘People capable of that sort of uncaring and cruelly callous behavior tend to move on to humans if they are not stopped early enough.’
- ‘Why didn't I bombard him with cruel, viciously callous words?’
- ‘This isn't callous and soulless; it can be rich and exciting.’
- ‘Jasmine felt a deep stab of anger at that callous comment and she glared at him.’
- ‘I guess this means I don't need to feel I went wrong somewhere raising someone who has become such a cruel and callous snob?’
- ‘More than rage, it was a pity that filled me on seeing this callous indifference all around.’
- ‘He was knocked to the floor by a cold and callous killer, which left him totally defenceless on the floor.’
- ‘By defending his blundering ways, this self-serving little weasel shows callous disregard for that poor little girl.’
- ‘It is this callous indifference to human life on the part of the ‘disciples’ that he is alerting us to.’
- ‘Sadly, there is big money in rare species, but this is a very cruel and callous type of crime, and one we are anxious to stamp out.’
- ‘He was capable of cold, even callous detachment - surely qualities essential for that sort of work.’
- ‘The whole arms business has made top politicians, of both main parties, increasingly callous and insensitive.’
- ‘This just excuses all cruel and callous behavior and makes the recipient of it the one to bear the burden.’
- ‘This explains in part why slaves were often brutalized by the callous administration of cruel punishments.’
- ‘I don't think I'm a cruel or callous person, and I don't want to think that what happened to me made me into one.’
- variant spelling of callus
Late Middle English (in the Latin sense): from Latin callosus hard-skinned.
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