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?

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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 Playing the good guy, Charles Bronson projects little charisma, and his unfeeling performance works hand in glove with Winner's clodhopper direction. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Death Wish makes a play for thematic complexity, but it's the same old revenge story," 2 Mar. 2018 The decision seemed … odd and surprisingly unfeeling. Peter King, SI.com, "James Harrison, Patriot Not Steeler, Adds Extra Layer of Intrigue to AFC Playoffs," 27 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of unfeeling

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

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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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