cold·​heart·​ed | \ ˈkōld-ˈhär-təd How to pronounce coldhearted (audio) \

Definition of coldhearted

: marked by lack of sympathy, interest, or sensitivity coldhearted criminals a coldhearted refusal

Other Words from coldhearted

coldheartedly adverb
coldheartedness noun

Examples of coldhearted in a Sentence

People are criticizing the government's coldhearted plans to stop funding programs for the poor.
Recent Examples on the Web But sometimes, modern science interrupts that story with coldhearted facts. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, 7 July 2022 And if Roe is indeed overturned, God bless our country that can make such a terrible, coldhearted mistake and yet, half a century later, redress it, right it, turn it around. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 5 May 2022 There are ambitious Black politicians, avaricious developers and coldhearted investment bankers. Rodney Ho, ajc, 7 Nov. 2021 Biden will face new accusations of betraying America's helpers, and of putting coldhearted judgments of national interest ahead of basic humanity. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 18 Aug. 2021 Even coldhearted Wall Streeters seem to accept the unthinkability of AT&T correcting a payout strategy that started 37 years ago in a completely different kind of company. WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021 Two dimwits concoct a scheme to prevent their friend from marrying a coldhearted and conniving woman. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021 Seasonal joy comes to a screeching halt when a coldhearted woman tries to sell her hometown’s land, but the love and cheer of the small town may ultimately change her heart and her mind. Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2020 Parton plays a guardian angel trying to find the goodness in a businesswoman (Christine Baranski) who’s three times more coldhearted than Jolene. Star Tribune, 20 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of coldhearted

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of coldhearted was circa 1616

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23 Jul 2022

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“Coldhearted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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