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 The studios and distributors, increasingly shipping their marquee attractions straight to home viewing in tandem with theatrical releases, are either being pragmatic or heartless, depending on where your sympathies lie. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago’s tallest movie screen is likely gone for good. Here’s what’s left (plenty, actually) for filmgoers who’d rather go big than stay home," 12 Apr. 2021 Guilt, shame, and regret for mistakes made and people damaged by foolish or heartless choices. BostonGlobe.com, "For Murakami, a return to form in ‘First Person Singular,’ a new story collection that sparkles," 1 Apr. 2021 And while these creatures have been painted as heartless predators on the hunt for human blood (thanks, Jaws), that couldn't be further from the truth. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "11 Tips to Keep You Safe From Sharks, According to a Shark Safety Diver," 28 Mar. 2021 In general, what companies on this list did in 2020 upended the stereotype of greedy, heartless financial services firms. Claire Hastwell, Fortune, "Proud to work here: Meet the Best Workplaces shaking the stigma of finance," 25 Mar. 2021 The social contract in the corporation was seen as heartless and implacable. Dennis Jaffe, Forbes, "From Shareholder Primacy To Stakeholder Primacy: How Family Businesses Lead The Way," 24 Feb. 2021 Yet also heartless, deeply amoral, selfish, exploitive, cold. Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, "Amazon Is A Marvel Of Digital Capitalism And That Is The Problem," 28 Feb. 2021 Written and directed by J. Blakeson, the film is in love with its heartless heroine, loath to let her out of the camera’s sight. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Anthony Hopkins Rules the Screen in “The Father”," 26 Feb. 2021 Accordingly, the film includes one of the most ludicrously heartless murders in all of cinema, and a chase scene that fuses sincere passion and deadly menace with the clumsiness of the Keystone Cops. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Two Works by a Great Lebanese Filmmaker on Netflix," 28 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of heartless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Heartless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartless. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of heartless

: very cruel


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