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 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 To alienate you from your grandchildren is heartless. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive.com, "Dear Abby: Religious man wonders if he should consider threesome offer," 28 Aug. 2019 Animal rights advocates moved their rook, holding signs that paint horse racing as heartless and sinister. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Protests, counter-protests at Del Mar show horse racing finally paying attention," 22 Aug. 2019 Court records describe Taylor’s crimes as methodical and heartless. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Mistake forces state to call off plans to execute triple-murderer," 15 Aug. 2019 This heartless play for power is unforgiveable and has offended the Patterson family. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "L. Brooks Patterson's family blasts Democrats for 'heartless power play'," 3 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of heartless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Nov 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of heartless

: very cruel


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to engage in dissolute behavior

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