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

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For every awful person who was behind these heartless policies, there are a lot of everyday Americans who are fighting back. Laura Dern, Marie Claire, "Laura Dern in Conversation With Mónica Ramírez About the Border Crisis," 28 June 2019 Musicians are not unique here: In the years since the Reagan administration, a reveling in what used to be called heartless materialism has become de rigueur. Scott Timberg, Vox, "How music has responded to a decade of economic inequality," 30 July 2018 Just wanted to let this heartless driver know she was absolutely devastated. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Tainted: On Sunday afternoon, north of Deer Park, you hit a chocolate lab and didn’t bother to stop," 15 June 2019 Or heartless: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos paid meager wages until a tight labor market forced him to raise them. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Think You’re Smarter Than Your Boss?," 14 Oct. 2018 What kind of heartless person does such an unfeeling thing? Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Callous driver hits beloved dog, leaves him like trash by the roadside," 1 June 2018 In his best sketch, Glover was the heartless and inept attorney for Jurassic Park. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'SNL': Stormy Daniels warns Trump," 6 May 2018 For the left, the GOP’s failure to repeal was a godsend that gave Republicans responsibility for ObamaCare’s flaws, while reinforcing a GOP image of being heartless, incapable of leadership and undeserving of trust. WSJ, "John McCain and the GOP Loss of the House," 13 Nov. 2018 But the fact that this ever happened drove the left to cry Trump's a heartless guy. Fox News, "Ingraham: When the inmates run the immigration asylum," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of heartless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of heartless

: very cruel


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