Definition of cold-hearted in US English:

cold-hearted

adjective

  • Lacking affection or warmth; unfeeling.

    • ‘Surely this wasn't the cold-hearted harpy that had spurned my affections.’
    • ‘Just to show we are not the cold-hearted, ambulance-chasers of popular myth we have brought you some good news this week.’
    • ‘But every man wants home to be a safe refuge from the cold-hearted world.’
    • ‘It's a move that is so cold-hearted and so profoundly dishonorable that it could only have been made by people who have lost all moral direction.’
    • ‘Why does it surprise anyone that a company involved in a cruel business would act in a cruel, cold-hearted manner?’
    • ‘Police made the gruesome discovery a few days later and soon arrested the cold-hearted woman after piecing together the sorry story.’
    • ‘Nothing wrong with that, a cold-hearted capitalist might argue.’
    • ‘He comes across as harsh and cold-hearted, but is not afraid to show Keel's warmer side if need be.’
    • ‘Before Logan came into my life, all those rumours you probably heard about me being a cold-hearted and uncaring cheerleader were all true.’
    • ‘Scotland hasn't produced too many cold-hearted sportsmen with the killer's instinct for an awful long time.’
    • ‘I didn't want him to be the cold-hearted stranger he had been earlier… I wanted his laughter, his warmth.’
    • ‘It's hard to empathise with a cold-hearted man who, in developing the electric chair, first practised on household pets.’
    • ‘At first, we thought that the world was too cold-hearted.’
    • ‘He dispels the well-travelled myth that, in order to achieve, successful individuals must be cold-hearted and clinical.’
    • ‘American women were conservative back then, and they thought this man was cold-hearted and so they did not vote for him and he almost lost.’
    • ‘I couldn't believe how cold-hearted my own mother was being.’
    • ‘From his first appearance, Waugh wore the air of the silent but deadly gunslinger, a steely-eyed, cold-hearted winner.’
    • ‘You want cold-hearted, single, Ferrari-driving professionals.’
    • ‘Before you think that I sound cold-hearted and callous, I want to point out that I've worked with the handicapped before.’
    • ‘Officers say these people are the ‘lowest of the low’, and that even seasoned criminals will condemn their cold-hearted behaviour.’
    unfeeling, unloving, uncaring, unsympathetic, unemotional, unfriendly, uncharitable, unkind, insensitive, indifferent, detached
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Pronunciation

cold-hearted

/ˌkoʊldˈhɑrdəd//ˌkōldˈhärdəd/