- 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 callousness
Two basic characteristics not related to memory are apathy and indifference or callousness.Does Donald Sterling Have Dementia? And Does That Make Him Any Less of a Racist?
May 23, 2014
Cry out against the callousness toward the first responders to the Twin Towers on 9/11.How the Wall Street Protesters Win
October 14, 2011
Some readers were upset by the callousness of hedge fund traders.The People's Panic
November 26, 2008
Perhaps the fate of Niobe is no fable, but a type of the callousness of our nature.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
For all my callousness I was sick and unmanned by that which had befallen.The Suitors of Yvonne
She looked at him in anger almost at what seemed a callousness.Mistress Wilding
Her callousness was like a gust of wind upon the living embers of his fears.St. Martin's Summer
The callousness which he displayed in saying all this deeply pained his pious father.Melomaniacs
- unfeeling; insensitive
- (of skin) hardened and thickened
- pathol to make or become callous
Word Origin and History for callousness
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.