Definition of hard-hearted in US English:



  • Incapable of being moved to pity or tenderness; unfeeling.

    • ‘There is something cold-blooded and hard-hearted about so much mainstream news reporting.’
    • ‘She has said: ‘I found myself thinking: why is he so hard-hearted, so dogmatic, so lacking in kindness?’’
    • ‘Concept albums explore the despair of failed relationships, painstakingly removing the instruments of de-humanization from the hard-hearted ex-girlfriend's toolbox and examining them one by one.’
    • ‘And isn't putting a trader out of business for the sake of appearances - even if it is only part of the reason - hard-hearted and unwise when, these days, many markets are struggling to keep the ones they've got?’
    • ‘Peter Costello has a lot of work to do to overcome the perception that he's a cold, distant, hard-hearted, city-centric economist.’
    • ‘We should not be surprised as this is a cold, calculating, hard-hearted Government, one that is wedded to expediency.’
    • ‘Lady, surely you are not so cruel and hard-hearted that you would simply kill us after all?’
    • ‘As a consequence of this, I have become very hard-hearted and cold towards people.’
    • ‘It takes a hard-hearted politician not to think that that is a good move.’
    • ‘Memorable too were actor Liu Yilong as the hilarious Taoist nun Stone; and Ji Zhenhua as the imperious, crafty and hard-hearted governor Du Bao (who refuses to accept his resurrected daughter).’
    • ‘I don't care whether Shannon is Claire's sister; she is the coldest, most hard-hearted, grumpy person I have ever met.’
    • ‘Cameron was a hard-hearted, cold individual who'd decided he didn't like Kate.’
    • ‘But as long as the community has a clear idea of where it wants to go and doesn't just sit back and accept the money, then you have to be especially hard-hearted not to assist them.’
    • ‘Then, suddenly, the house turned itself into a Richard Curtis film - the one in which all those hard-hearted world leaders listen to a young wee Scots lassie who tells them that, yes, they can make poverty history, now!’
    • ‘He is often described as ‘avuncular’ - even by hard-hearted business writers - which the dictionary defines as ‘kind-hearted and cheery’.’
    • ‘It is not seen as a tradition, but as a hard-hearted, brutal sport.’
    • ‘It's hard to believe, but there are many hard-hearted people out there who believe that, due to Terri's condition, she is ‘better off dead.’’
    • ‘People around thought he was cruel, unfeeling, hard-hearted.’
    • ‘Maybe so, but George W. Bush - and Ronald Reagan before him - made warm-hearted arguments for policies that Americans might otherwise have rejected as hard-hearted.’
    • ‘Next a particular type of hard-hearted indifference is growing in this concrete jungle - people who have been living next door for years are found to be complete strangers.’
    unfeeling, heartless, cold, hard, unsympathetic, uncaring, unloving, unconcerned, indifferent, intolerant, unmoved, unkind, uncharitable, unemotional, stony, cold-hearted, cold-blooded, lacking compassion, mean-spirited, without sentiment, stony-hearted, with a heart of stone, hard as nails
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