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 a heartless enemy that takes no prisoners
Recent Examples on the Web And Gendron had the heartless audacity to travel from his community to their oasis to kill them in it. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 18 May 2022 Tijuana native Labastida, a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, portrays her heartless American suitor, Lt. Pinkerton. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 When Romney was running to deprive Obama of a second White House term in 2012, Democrats lambasted the Republican nominee and former venture capitalist as a heartless corporate raider with no soul. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 6 Apr. 2022 More than an hour of impassioned debate, with supporters calling HB 3 important to protect women's safety and lives of unborn children but opponents blasting it as heartless and an intrusion into reproductive rights of women. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, 29 Mar. 2022 It’s bloodless, heartless, joyless, sexless and, with one exception, charmless. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 17 Feb. 2022 Recent convictions in a federal trial in Bridgeport reveal the yield in cash, cryptocurrency and gifts available to heartless grifters, authorities say. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 1 Mar. 2022 And this is something that is really merciless, or heartless, these sorts of things. Whitney Friedlander, Variety, 28 Feb. 2022 The charges were dropped and Flagler, bristling at accusations of acting like a heartless robber baron, improved conditions, but the six-day work week on the Keys remained grueling. Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of heartless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 May 2022

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“Heartless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartless. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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