heart·​less | \ ˈhärt-ləs How to pronounce heartless (audio) \

Definition of heartless

1 archaic : spiritless
2 : lacking feeling : cruel

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Other Words from heartless

heartlessly adverb
heartlessness noun

Examples of heartless in a Sentence

a heartless boss who would fire people for missing work, even if they were sick as a dog his heartless whipping of runaway slaves virtually to the point of death shocked even other slave owners

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Or heartless: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos paid meager wages until a tight labor market forced him to raise them. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Think You’re Smarter Than Your Boss?," 14 Oct. 2018 What kind of heartless person does such an unfeeling thing? Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Callous driver hits beloved dog, leaves him like trash by the roadside," 1 June 2018 In his best sketch, Glover was the heartless and inept attorney for Jurassic Park. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'SNL': Stormy Daniels warns Trump," 6 May 2018 For the left, the GOP’s failure to repeal was a godsend that gave Republicans responsibility for ObamaCare’s flaws, while reinforcing a GOP image of being heartless, incapable of leadership and undeserving of trust. WSJ, "John McCain and the GOP Loss of the House," 13 Nov. 2018 But the fact that this ever happened drove the left to cry Trump's a heartless guy. Fox News, "Ingraham: When the inmates run the immigration asylum," 26 July 2018 Admittedly, there is something tacky, if not heartless, about fishing in such a manner. Charles Passy, WSJ, "From Tackle Box to Bento Box, New Japanese Spot Casts Different Approach to Dining," 9 Oct. 2018 Chivers—a Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times reporter and occasional contributor to Popular Mechanics—allows these people to be hopeful and heartless and flawed and fanatical. Matt Young, Popular Mechanics, "In 'The Fighters,' A Pulitzer Prize–Winning War Reporter Strips Iraq and Afghanistan to the Bone," 9 Aug. 2018 Less than 24 hours after five of her colleagues were gunned down in a heartless act of senseless violence, Capital Gazette reporter Selene San Felice gave an emotional interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "5 Journalists Were Killed and Sen. Marco Rubio Is More Concerned About Their Colleague Dropping the F-Bomb," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of heartless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of heartless

: very cruel


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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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