Definition of unfeeling in English:



  • 1Unsympathetic, harsh, or callous.

    ‘my mother is a cold, unfeeling woman’
    • ‘Are we becoming an uncaring and unfeeling society?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Something hard had filled me, something cold, and unfeeling.’
    • ‘The staff were very cold and unfeeling (I expected no less).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was cold, heartless and unfeeling but he was right.’
    • ‘And yet, despite the fact that Californian winters differed dramatically from those snowy months in Winnipeg, he still felt cold, unfeeling, uncaring.’
    • ‘They had been harsh and unfeeling toward the poor.’
    • ‘To equate these unfeeling and uncaring power mongers with American Republicanism is using the wrong approach.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People around thought he was cruel, unfeeling, hard-hearted.’
    • ‘Could anybody be so unfeeling, cold-blooded, unmerciful and cruel I hear you ask?’
    uncaring, unsympathetic, unemotional, unfriendly, uncharitable
    hard-hearted, stony-hearted, with a heart of stone, heartless, hard, harsh, austere, cold, cold-blooded, cold-hearted, callous, cruel, severe, pitiless, ruthless, unforgiving, unpitying, inhumane, brutal, sadistic, inhuman
    hard-boiled, hard-nosed, thick-skinned
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  • 2Lacking physical sensation or sensitivity.

    ‘he lowered his numb, unfeeling body into a seat and closed his eyes’
    • ‘The pain dulled his senses, making him an empty, unfeeling shell marching along the rough terrain.’
    • ‘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.’


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