- made hard; hardened.
- insensitive; indifferent; unsympathetic: They have a callous attitude toward the sufferings of others.
- having a callus; indurated, as parts of the skin exposed to friction.
- to make or become hard or callous.
Origin of callous
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Examples from the Web for callously
And in places where fundamentalism is most severe, women are callously repressed.The True Muslim Revolutionaries and Their Fight Against Extremism
Timothy Michael Law
August 29, 2013
So were the Pakistanis: Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the Army chief, said the men had been “callously targeted.”A Former Ambassador to Pakistan Speaks Out
November 20, 2012
It makes me ill how callously people talk about ripping their clients off.Toxic, Callous, and Lacking Leadership. Welcome to Goldman Sachs.
March 14, 2012
No matter how callously defined, neither America's interests -- nor the world's -- are served by the denial of human aspirations.Obama's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
December 10, 2009
Callously, she had struck right and left for room to get to her feet.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
“Send them a Christmas card, and be done with it,” cried Jill callously.Betty Trevor
Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
He stared in wonder at his own wife as she told him his own heart so callously.The Rainbow
D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
“Then I just took her knife and her food, and went,” the woman said, callously.The Woman from Outside
"You can say that for me, too," the lanista agreed, callously.Triplanetary
Edward Elmer Smith
- unfeeling; insensitive
- (of skin) hardened and thickened
- pathol to make or become callous
Word Origin and History for callously
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.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of a callus or callosity.