heartless

adjective
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 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 Others think of the virus particles as robots or heartless enemies. Lisa J. Hardy, STAT, "Staying safe in the time of coronavirus: pay attention to ‘the guy you know’," 18 Jan. 2021 In a genre that prioritizes stiff, grim cowboys and an almost heartless machismo, Zhao shows a world where women lean on each other to seek freedom. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Let Frances McDormand Take You On An Adventure In The Sprawling Nomadland Trailer," 14 Dec. 2020 Families of the victims protested, called it a heartless commercialization of the site where so many died. Fox News, "Beirut silos at heart of debate about remembering port blast," 10 Dec. 2020 For decades we have been informed that heartless austerity measures have starved essential government services of necessary revenue. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of October 19," 23 Oct. 2020 For decades we have been informed that heartless austerity measures have starved essential government services of necessary revenue. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of October 19," 23 Oct. 2020 For decades we have been informed that heartless austerity measures have starved essential government services of necessary revenue. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of October 19," 23 Oct. 2020 Left alone at age 34 to care for seven children in the depths of the Depression, and denied a payout from a heartless insurance company that ruled Earl’s death a suicide, Louise was judged legally insane and committed to a state hospital. Washington Post, "When Malcolm X secretly met with the Klan," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of heartless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Feb 2021

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“Heartless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartless. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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heartless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of heartless

: very cruel

heartless

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

Kids Definition of heartless

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