hard-heart·​ed ˈhärd-ˈhär-təd How to pronounce hard-hearted (audio)
: lacking in sympathetic understanding : unfeeling, pitiless
hard-heartedly adverb
hard-heartedness noun

Examples of hard-hearted in a Sentence

a hard-hearted brush-off to a homeless man asking for money
Recent Examples on the Web Technically Shaw is a mercenary, but not a cynical or hard-hearted one. Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 11 Feb. 2024 Xi and his team haven’t shown much more concern than the hard-hearted villagers of Lu Xun’s story. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 29 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hard-hearted was in the 13th century

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“Hard-hearted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard-hearted. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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hard-heartedly adverb
hard-heartedness noun
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