One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Unsympathetic, harsh, or callous.
uncaring, unsympathetic, unemotional, unfriendly, uncharitableView synonyms
- ‘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?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Something hard had filled me, something cold, and unfeeling.’
- ‘The staff were very cold and unfeeling (I expected no less).’
- ‘Could anybody be so unfeeling, cold-blooded, unmerciful and cruel I hear you ask?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Are we becoming an uncaring and unfeeling society?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They had been harsh and unfeeling toward the poor.’
- 1.1 Lacking physical sensation or sensitivity.
- ‘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).
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