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 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 Joe Alwyn also stars in the film as Jennifer's husband, the unfeeling, cold Laurence Stirling. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "Shailene Woodley & Joe Alwyn Star In Netflix’s New Summer Romance," 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, "Cynthia Ozick Calls the New Philip Roth Biography a ‘Narrative Masterwork’," 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, "Orientalism, Cyberpunk 2077, and Yellow Peril in Science Fiction," 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, "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

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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 15 May. 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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