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
Recent Examples on the Web The plant closure in Lordstown, Ohio angered General Motors workers, who said the heartless announcement of the plan inspired them to strike the company and remain on strike for six weeks. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford-UAW deal includes closing Romeo Engine Plant, moving 600 jobs," 31 Oct. 2019 That someone could be so heartless and cruel is deplorable. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Husband checks out of marriage after wife’s cancer diagnosis," 7 Oct. 2019 That someone could be so heartless and cruel is deplorable. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Husband jumps ship following wife’s cancer diagnosis," 7 Oct. 2019 The simplest interpretation of Roy’s death—that Carter was manipulative and heartless and culpable—involves the least amount of reckoning with the circumstances that drew Carter and Roy to each other. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Cultural Fault Lines of I Love You, Now Die," 10 July 2019 Dan Quinn replaced all three of his coordinators this offseason, and the Falcons responded with a heartless 28-12 loss to the Vikings. BostonGlobe.com, "But for several teams with big expectations, Week 1 was kind of a dud.," 11 Sep. 2019 On Monday, a Kaiser Health News report detailed the University of Virginia hospital system’s heartless pursuit of poor patients who owe them money. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "How Greedy Hospitals Fleece the Poor," 11 Sep. 2019 Before stadium building became another heartless money grab for the American plutocracy, Roy Hofheinz’s Astrodome was a genuine source of civic pride and national curiosity. The Si Staff, SI.com, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 To alienate you from your grandchildren is heartless. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Invitation to threesome intrigues religious man," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of heartless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Dec 2019

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“Heartless.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartless?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=h&file=heartl02. Accessed 16 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of heartless

: very cruel


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