Definition of unfeeling in English:



  • 1Unsympathetic, harsh, or callous.

    ‘my mother is a cold, unfeeling woman’
    • ‘Are we becoming an uncaring and unfeeling society?’
    • ‘He was cold, heartless and unfeeling but he was right.’
    • ‘To equate these unfeeling and uncaring power mongers with American Republicanism is using the wrong approach.’
    • ‘Could anybody be so unfeeling, cold-blooded, unmerciful and cruel I hear you ask?’
    • ‘They had been harsh and unfeeling toward the poor.’
    • ‘I don't mean to sound callous or unfeeling, and I can appreciate that the parents themselves are full of joy, but I just can't summon up any ersatz enthusiasm for other people's children.’
    • ‘The elderly of this city need and deserve peace and contentment, not the discontent and uncertainty being forced on them by heartless and unfeeling councillors.’
    • ‘The government is totally uncaring and unfeeling.’
    • ‘And yet, despite the fact that Californian winters differed dramatically from those snowy months in Winnipeg, he still felt cold, unfeeling, uncaring.’
    • ‘Having been outed as an adulterer and a cold and unfeeling husband, Charles' reputation was at a low ebb and steps were taken to mount a media counter-offensive.’
    • ‘More than likely their communication was very poor, but for the authorities to maintain that they were not seeking asylum and send them to Indonesia was callous and unfeeling.’
    • ‘The staff were very cold and unfeeling (I expected no less).’
    • ‘If you're anything like me, you've spent a great deal of time wondering what the world was like through the eyes of a cold and unfeeling pet dog.’
    • ‘People around thought he was cruel, unfeeling, hard-hearted.’
    • ‘Something hard had filled me, something cold, and unfeeling.’
    • ‘The picture writes its own sad story - who could be so unfeeling, cruel and sad as to abandon this litter of seven cute little puppies?’
    • ‘I don't understand how people can be so cruel and unfeeling as to create havoc and distress in another person's life based on nothing but innuendos and rumors.’
    • ‘But still, for me, the death sentence is too cold-blooded, too unfeeling.’
    • ‘The converse is also true; strong judgment without loving kindness is harsh and unfeeling.’
    • ‘Given this reality, it is no surprise that reviewers must seem, at times, to be unfeeling sadists who squeeze their salaries directly out of the crushed egos of young novelists.’
    uncaring, unsympathetic, unemotional, unfriendly, uncharitable
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  • 2Lacking physical sensation or sensitivity.

    ‘he lowered his numb, unfeeling body into a seat and closed his eyes’
    • ‘Worn over her unfeeling body, the suit gave the thirty-something Casey the strength of twenty men, and made her almost impervious to harm as well as giving her certain enhanced sensory abilities.’
    • ‘The pain dulled his senses, making him an empty, unfeeling shell marching along the rough terrain.’


Late Old English unfēlende ‘insensible’ (see un-, feeling).