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[hahrd-hahr-tid] /ˈhɑrdˈhɑr tɪd/
unfeeling; unmerciful; pitiless.
Origin of hardhearted
1175-1225; Middle English hardherted. See hard, hearted
Related forms
hardheartedly, adverb
hardheartedness, noun
heartless, merciless, mean, unforgiving. Unabridged
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  • Oh, it was nothing at all, she said; being by nature the least hard-hearted of the three.

    Madonna Mary Mrs. Oliphant
  • Any man can see that he is an unfaithful, hard-hearted, and oppressive steward.

  • It must have been a hard-hearted man indeed who had no pennies to spare for the blind boy led by the big white dog.

  • Boyle was neither a hard-hearted nor an unduly sensitive man.

  • He was a hard-hearted man and when his daughter would not marry as he wished he turned her out of the house on a winter's night.

    Tales from Dickens Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  • Since we are both agreed on this step, you are not hard-hearted enough to step between us.

    Desk and Debit Oliver Optic
  • As we had been hard-hearted enough to laugh at it, we never learned the history which made it dear.

    Six to Sixteen Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • We look at him from this side; but if we could from the other, he might not seem so hard-hearted.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
  • If to be hard-hearted were a virtue, the best man there was Dillaway.

    Heart Martin Farquhar Tupper
British Dictionary definitions for hard-hearted


unkind or intolerant
Derived Forms
hardheartedly, adverb
hardheartedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hard-hearted

also hardhearted, "obdurate, unfeeling," late 12c. (implied in heard-heortnesse "hard-heartedness"); from hard + hearted. Sometimes in Middle English also meaning "bold, courageous" (15c.). Related: Hard-heartedly; hard-heartedness. Hard-heart "hard-hearted person" was in late Old English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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