cold·​heart·​ed ˈkōld-ˈhär-təd How to pronounce coldhearted (audio)
: marked by lack of sympathy, interest, or sensitivity
coldhearted criminals
a coldhearted refusal
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.
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coldhearted was circa 1616

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“Coldhearted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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