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

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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 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 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, 6 Aug. 2019 If anything, Prime Minister Abe is just a coldhearted realist. Jon Emont, WSJ, 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, 14 June 2018

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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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28 Aug 2021

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“Coldhearted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of coldhearted

: lacking kindness, sympathy, or sensitivity

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