Definition of callousness in US English:



  • Insensitive and cruel disregard for others.

    ‘the callousness of using children to send a political message’
    • ‘I was embarrassed by my callousness in the face of my own ability to wreak minor havoc in the lives of others.’
    • ‘Yes, there is a callousness in the manner that people have abused the world.’
    • ‘You don't see that kind of callousness displayed in the leads of mainstream American movies.’
    • ‘He is staging a kind of sit-in to protest silently the callousness with which vulnerable refugees are treated the world over.’
    • ‘The callousness of that administration contributed substantially to the avoidable suffering of citizens in the South.’
    • ‘Her brother's callousness sometimes really struck home.’
    • ‘Such callousness, on an emotional level at least, clinches the case.’
    • ‘We risk becoming inured to tragedy, veering from empathy to callousness.’
    • ‘He would seem an obvious antidote to her mother's callousness.’
    • ‘I'm waiting for some kind of apology for their recent display of callousness.’