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Definition of coldhearted

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

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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 Only a coldhearted road tripper heading southeast toward Indio on I-10 would pass Shields’s roadside curiosity without tasting the granddaddy of all date shakes. Jennifer Emerling, National Geographic, "Seeking silence on a California road trip," 6 Aug. 2019 If anything, Prime Minister Abe is just a coldhearted realist. Jon Emont, WSJ, "Myanmar Courts Asian Powers Wary of China’s Sway," 4 Oct. 2018 That face was a brilliant fit for Quinn, introduced in Season 2 as a coldhearted operative with a soft spot for Carrie Mathison, the show’s lead, played by Claire Danes. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Rupert Friend Is Tired of Killing," 14 June 2018 The remaining members of the Marlins, left behind in the wake of a coldhearted sell-off, managed only one hit against Yankees starter Luis Severino, who profited from the mismatch and improved to 3-1. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Derek Jeter and Don Mattingly Fall on Wrong Side of a Yankees Rout," 16 Apr. 2018 Its wry tone and story, about a swaggering, coldhearted cockney Lothario who works as a chauffeur for the rich, appealed to Mr. Gilbert. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Lewis Gilbert, director of James Bond movies and Michael Caine hit ‘Alfie,’ dies at 97," 27 Feb. 2018 Wohlleben used to be a coldhearted butcher of trees and forests. Diàna Markosian, Smithsonian, "Do Trees Talk to Each Other?," 22 Feb. 2018 And the team’s paring of its scouting staff, while perhaps a bit coldhearted, was prompted by a belief that the grizzled road warrior with a radar gun in his hand and a cigar clenched between his teeth has become an anachronism. Steven Goldman, Slate Magazine, "The Houston Astros’ players are easy to love. Their front office is not. Should we care?," 27 Oct. 2017 To many, the action confirmed a view of Hoover as coldhearted and detached from reality. Terence Mcardle, Washington Post, "The veterans were desperate. Gen. MacArthur ordered U.S. troops to attack them.," 28 July 2017

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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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“Coldhearted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of coldhearted

: lacking kindness, sympathy, or sensitivity

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