Definition of callous in English:

callous

adjective

  • Showing or having an insensitive and cruel disregard for others.

    ‘his callous comments about the murder made me shiver’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why didn't I bombard him with cruel, viciously callous words?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By defending his blundering ways, this self-serving little weasel shows callous disregard for that poor little girl.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People capable of that sort of uncaring and cruelly callous behavior tend to move on to humans if they are not stopped early enough.’
    • ‘Jasmine felt a deep stab of anger at that callous comment and she glared at him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Certainly, there is no denying that these cruel and callous acts were terrorism.’
    • ‘More than rage, it was a pity that filled me on seeing this callous indifference all around.’
    • ‘It is this callous indifference to human life on the part of the ‘disciples’ that he is alerting us to.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘He was knocked to the floor by a cold and callous killer, which left him totally defenceless on the floor.’
    • ‘This isn't callous and soulless; it can be rich and exciting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The whole arms business has made top politicians, of both main parties, increasingly callous and insensitive.’
    • ‘He was capable of cold, even callous detachment - surely qualities essential for that sort of work.’
    • ‘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.’
    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, brutal
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noun

Origin

Late Middle English (in the Latin sense): from Latin callosus ‘hard-skinned’.

Pronunciation

callous

/ˈkaləs/