unfeeling

adjective

un·​feel·​ing ˌən-ˈfē-liŋ How to pronounce unfeeling (audio)
1
: devoid of feeling : insensate
an unfeeling corpse
2
: lacking kindness or sympathy : hard-hearted
an unfeeling brute
unfeelingly 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 The author renders the four-year-old Margaret’s inner life with sensitive complexity, depicting an alert child logic that defies adults’ view of her as slow and unfeeling. The New Yorker, 12 June 2024 That’s because for decades, reptiles have been characterized as cold, unfeeling, and even primitive creatures. Lily Carey, Discover Magazine, 8 Apr. 2024 But as the film unspools and Agent Smith comes face to face with Neo and his master Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), Weaving begins showing signs that this AI is not so unfeeling, not so unbothered after all. Manuel Betancourt, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2024 Theirs is a vast and unfeeling appetite for reassurance, and it must not be given room to grow. Harper's BAZAAR, 27 June 2023 They are portrayed as autocratic, deaf, unfeeling, self-interested, single-minded, corporatized, and more. David Rosowsky, Forbes, 4 May 2023 Evmenova saw the position of someone like Marchenko, the city’s mayor, who had evacuated in the spring, as hypocritical and unfeeling. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 30 Jan. 2023 As an unfeeling hunk of metal that could unsettle even the most dedicated tech utopian, though, Spot never had a chance. Jess Joho, Los Angeles Times, 28 Jan. 2023 Many people agree with Warren that economic analysis can be bloodless—cold, unfeeling, and unacceptably technocratic. Cass R. Sunstein, The New York Review of Books, 7 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of unfeeling was before the 12th century

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“Unfeeling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfeeling. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

unfeeling

adjective
un·​feel·​ing ˌən-ˈfē-liŋ How to pronounce unfeeling (audio)
1
: lacking feeling : insensate
2
: lacking kindness or sympathy : hard-hearted, cruel
unfeelingly adverb
unfeelingness noun

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