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callous

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adjective cal·lous \ˈka-ləs\

Simple Definition of callous

  • : not feeling or showing any concern about the problems or suffering of other people

Full Definition of callous

  1. 1 a :  being hardened and thickened b :  having calluses <callous hands>

  2. 2 a :  feeling no emotion b :  feeling or showing no sympathy for others :  hard-hearted <a callous indifference to suffering>

cal·lous·ly adverb
cal·lous·ness noun

Examples of callous

  1. … under Orton's own companionable charm there was something hard and callous, the result no doubt of a loveless upbringing … —Benedict Nightingale, New York Times Book Review, 10 May 1987

  2. … the scenes involving the snotty, callous dean ring false right from the start … —Pauline Kael, New Yorker, 8 Apr. 1985

  3. Patient, cold and callous, our hands wrapped in socks, we waited to snowball the cats. —Dylan Thomas, “A Child's Christmas in Wales” in Quite Early One Morning, 1954

  4. a selfish and callous young man

  5. a callous refusal to help the poor



Origin of callous

Middle English, from Latin callosus, from callum, callus callous skin


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with callous


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callous

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verb cal·lous \ˈka-ləs\

Definition of callous

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make callous (see 1callous) <hands calloused by hard manual labor>



Origin of callous

(see 1callous)


First Known Use: 1834


CALLOUS Defined for Kids

callous

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adjective cal·lous \ˈka-ləs\

Definition of callous

  1. :  feeling or showing no sympathy for others <a callous refusal to help>




Medical Dictionary

callous

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adjective cal·lous \ˈkal-əs\

Medical Definition of callous

  1. 1:  being hardened and thickened

  2. 2:  having calluses





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