callous

  • 1 Callous — Cal lous, a. [L. callosus callous hard, fr. callum, callus, callous skin: cf. F. calleux.] 1. Hardened; indurated. A callous hand. Goldsmith. A callous ulcer. Dunglison. [1913 Webster] 2. Hardened in mind; insensible; unfeeling; unsusceptible.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 callous — [kal′əs] adj. [ME < L callosus < callum, hard skin] 1. a) having calluses b) thick and hardened: usually calloused 2. lacking pity, mercy, etc.; unfeeling vt., vi. to make or become callous n …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 callous — I adjective adamant, adamantine, brutal, callosus, cold, cold of heart, cold blooded, coldhearted, durus, hard, hard of heart, hardened, hardhearted, heartless, impassive, impenetrable, impenitent, imperturbable, impervious, implacable, inclement …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 callous — (adj.) c.1400, hardened, in the physical sense, from L. callosus thick skinned, from callus, callum hard skin (see CALLUS (Cf. callus)). The figurative sense of unfeeling appeared in English by 1670s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 callous — *hardened, indurated Analogous words: tough, tenacious, stout, *strong: *firm, solid, hard: *inflexible, adamant, obdurate, inexorable: insensitive, impassible, *insensible, anesthetic Antonyms: tender …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 callous — [adj] cruel, insensitive apathetic, blind to, careless, case hardened, cold, cold blooded, deaf to, hard, hard bitten, hard boiled, hardened, hardhearted, heartless, impassive, impenitent, indifferent, indurated, inflexible, insensate, insensible …

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  • 7 callous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ insensitive and cruel. ► NOUN variant spelling of CALLUS(Cf. ↑callused). DERIVATIVES callously adverb callousness noun. ORIGIN Latin callosus hard skinned …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 callous — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin callosus, from callum, callus callous skin Date: 15th century 1. a. being hardened and thickened b. having calluses < callous hands > 2. a. feeling no emotion b. feeli …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9 callous — adj. 1) callous to (callous to suffering) 2) callous to + int. (it was callous of him to say that) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 callous — cal|lous [ˈkæləs] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: calleux, from Latin callosus, from callus; CALLUS] not caring that other people are suffering ▪ We were shocked at the callous disregard for human life. ▪ a callous attitude ▪ the… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 callous — callously, adv. callousness, n. /kal euhs/, adj. 1. made hard; hardened. 2. insensitive; indifferent; unsympathetic: They have a callous attitude toward the sufferings of others. 3. having a callus; indurated, as parts of the skin exposed to… …

    Universalium

  • 12 callous — cal|lous [ kæləs ] adjective a callous person does not feel any emotion when they see other people in trouble or in pain: HEARTLESS a. used about people s behavior: a callous disregard for human life and the environment ╾ cal|lous|ly adverb ╾… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 callous — [[t]kæ̱ləs[/t]] ADJ GRADED A callous person or action is very cruel and shows no concern for other people or their feelings. ...his callous disregard for human life. Syn: heartless Ant: sensitive Derived words: callousness N UNCOUNT ...the… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 callous — adjective not caring that other people are suffering: We were shocked at the callous disregard for human life. | the callous slaughter of thousands of seals callously adverb callousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 callous — UK [ˈkæləs] / US adjective a) a callous person does not feel any emotion when they see other people in trouble or in pain b) used about people s behaviour a callous disregard for human life and the environment Derived words: callously adverb… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 callous — adjective /ˈkæləs/ a) Emotionally hardened; unfeeling and indifferent to the suffering/feelings of others. She was so callous that she could criticise a cancer patient for wearing a wig. b) Having calluses. Syn …

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  • 17 callous — adj. Callous is used with these nouns: ↑disregard, ↑indifference …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 callous — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. horny, tough; unfeeling, insensitive, hardened. See hardness, insensibility. Ant., compassionate. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. unfeeling, insensitive, inured, hardened, unsusceptible, uncaring,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 callous — cal·lous || kælÉ™s adj. hard; unfeeling n. patch of hardened skin v. become hard, become roughened; make hard or rough, make callous …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 callous — adjective his callous disregard for other people s feelings Syn: heartless, unfeeling, uncaring, cold, cold hearted, hard, as hard as nails, hard hearted, insensitive, lacking compassion, hard bitten, hard nosed, hard edged, unsympathetic Ant:… …

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