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[kohld-hahr-tid] /ˈkoʊldˈhɑr tɪd/
lacking sympathy or feeling; indifferent; unkind.
Origin of cold-hearted
First recorded in 1600-10
Related forms
coldheartedly, adjective
cold-heartedness, noun Unabridged
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  • You have heard me described as cold-hearted, calculating, selfish—'

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Let the cold-hearted and the old say what they will, youth is the time for moral bravery.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
  • Which was a logical and cold-hearted way of looking at things.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • In fact, logical and cold-hearted could describe any Pyrran activity.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • This was the language of the cold-hearted foe, secure of superior power.

    Cleopatra, Complete Georg Ebers
  • "That cannot be recovered, that was lost long ago," said the cold-hearted woman.

    The World Before Them Susanna Moodie
  • It seems a pity that a boy so wise and good should have been so cold-hearted.

    The Silent Readers William D. Lewis
  • I know he regards me as cold-hearted, like his father, but I am not.

    The Story of a Country Town Edgar Watson Howe
British Dictionary definitions for cold-hearted


lacking in feeling or warmth; unkind
Derived Forms
cold-heartedly, adverb
cold-heartedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cold-hearted

c.1600, from cold (adj.) + hearted. Originally in Shakespeare. Old English had cealdheort (adj.) "cruel."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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