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Rose Eversley began to laugh helplessly; heartlessly, her sister thought.

The days and months passed, heartlessly confirming my conjecture, my belief.

This story, heartlessly and irreverently told, was the tragedy of my life!

Only because you are young and blind can you speak so heartlessly.

To every appeal they heartlessly refused to divulge the key to the lock-in.

What may have been mechanically and heartlessly done by the overseer, is now done with a will.

"Sure, leave her alone and she'll come out all right," he said heartlessly.

It seemed too heartlessly cruel to be true; Olive could not understand it.

How heartlessly blooming you are looking, Anne, while your parent is suffering.

And again she laughed, as I thought, flippantly, heartlessly.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English heortleas "dispirited, dejected;" see heart + -less. In Middle English with expanded senses "lacking in courage; foolish; listless; half-hearted; sluggish." Sense of "callous, cruel" is not certainly attested before Shelley used it in 1816. Literal meaning "lacking a heart, lifeless" (mid-15c.) is rare. Related: Heartlessly; heartlessness.

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