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callous

[ kal-uhs ]SEE DEFINITION OF callous

Synonyms for callous

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Antonyms for callous

  • caring
  • compassionate
  • concerned
  • feeling
  • interested
  • kind
  • merciful
  • mindful
  • nice
  • responsive
  • sympathetic
  • sensitive
  • tender
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CALLOUS

I think you will be able to take care of yourself in a cold and callous world.

He was hardened, steeped in guilt, and callous as to the sufferings of others.

What a gladdening result for the sensation-loving minds of the callous!

Is it the frequency of the punishment that has made you callous to the ignominy and the pain?

Imogen was deaf to their expostulations, and indurate and callous as adamant to their persuasions.

The disgrace is nameless, only they are callous enough not to feel it.

Notwithstanding her action in this matter, Lisa was not an ill-natured or callous woman.

Or take the power of Caste in another direction—its callous cruelty.

Old Madge was usually as callous to such things as I was myself.

They were not callous, and they left the breakfast-table with aching hearts.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "hardened," in the physical sense, from Latin callosus "thick-skinned," from callus, callum "hard skin" (see callus). The figurative sense of "unfeeling" appeared in English by 1670s. Related: Callously; callousness.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CALLOUS

apathetic

adjectiveuncaring, disinterested
  • blah
  • callous
  • cold
  • cool
  • could care less
  • couldn't care less
  • don't give a damn
  • draggy
  • emotionless
  • flat
  • impassive
  • indifferent
  • insensible
  • laid-back
  • languid
  • moony
  • passive
  • stoic
  • stolid
  • unconcerned
  • unemotional
  • unfeeling
  • uninterested
  • unmoved
  • unresponsive
  • untouched
  • what the hell
  • wimpy

compassionless

adjectiveunsympathetic
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