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

Other Words from unfeeling

unfeelingly \ ˌən-​ˈfē-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce unfeeling (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 For all the refreshing candor from Smart, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was just the opposite Monday — evasive, unfeeling, cold, and completely tone deaf in a Zoom call with reporters. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Nov. 2021 Our phones, in their unfeeling way, have seen and recorded all of this—our constant floundering toward and away from the world. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 1 Sep. 2021 Knowing this, Rilke’s advice can sound astonishingly unfeeling, even reckless, in its dogmatic insistence. Kamran Javadizadeh, The New Yorker, 26 May 2021 Joe Alwyn also stars in the film as Jennifer's husband, the unfeeling, cold Laurence Stirling. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, 30 Apr. 2021 Once again a former lover morphs into a vengeful enemy, and Bloom’s version of Roth as an unfeeling misogynist persists until this day. New York Times, 1 Apr. 2021 Contrast that with Kai Leng, who on the other hand is stoic and unfeeling, which unfortunately are stereotypes of Asians. George Yang, Wired, 8 Dec. 2020 This contention should not be taken as a repetition of the canard that Kubrick was a cold or unfeeling director. Peter Tonguette, National Review, 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, 5 Nov. 2019

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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 2 Dec. 2021.

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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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