un·​feel·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈfē-liŋ How to pronounce unfeeling (audio) \

Definition of unfeeling

1 : devoid of feeling : insensate an unfeeling corpse
2 : lacking kindness or sympathy : hard-hearted an unfeeling brute

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Other Words from unfeeling

unfeelingly \ ˌən-​ˈfē-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce unfeelingly (audio) \ adverb
unfeelingness noun

Examples of unfeeling in a Sentence

She says the most unfeeling things. How can you be so cold and unfeeling?
Recent Examples on the Web This contention should not be taken as a repetition of the canard that Kubrick was a cold or unfeeling director. Peter Tonguette, National Review, "The Sources of Stanley Kubrick’s Mystique," 3 Sep. 2020 The notion of male athletes as unfeeling superheroes has been passed down from generation to generation, and the stigma of seeing them showing weakness will not dissolve overnight. BostonGlobe.com, "Because Brown and more and more of his peers, especially in the NBA, do not accept the premise that their elite athletic status inoculates them from having to wage war with mental-health demons or simply have to process negative emotions like the rest of us try to on a daily basis.," 5 Nov. 2019 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 The queen’s seemingly unfeeling initial response—the Union Jack didn’t fly at half-mast over Buckingham Palace, it was explained, because protocol wouldn’t allow it—led to the worst crisis the British monarchy faced in the modern era. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "‘The Duchess’ Review: How to Survive a Royal Romance," 17 May 2018 Within a week, all the calluses Ronny had built up in his barefoot years disintegrated, flaking from his unfeeling feet onto the bed. Claire Mcneill, miamiherald, "This student became a paraplegic in FSU shooting. He fights to exist, to graduate. | Miami Herald," 4 May 2018 Tom is an absurdly unfeeling partner who’s openly hostile from his first minute on screen. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Edie Falco Anchors the Romantic Drama of Outside In," 31 Mar. 2018 The Artist’s Father, Reading L’Événement’ (1866) Photo: National Gallery of Art, Washington Cézanne is often presented as rather cerebral and dry, unfeeling. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "Cézanne’s Colorful Coterie," 28 Mar. 2018 Atkinson's Maigret likewise is largely in the spirit of Gambon's -- quiet and gentle, though not as playful; more cerebral, but not unfeeling. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "'Maigret' marks a welcome return from Rowan Atkinson," 3 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unfeeling

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unfeeling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfeeling. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unfeeling

: not kind or sympathetic toward other people


un·​feel·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈfē-liŋ How to pronounce unfeeling (audio) \

Kids Definition of unfeeling

: having no kindness or sympathy : cruel an unfeeling joke

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