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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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  • Sure nobody had ever so insolent, so hard-hearted a brother, as I have!

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Now the hard-hearted Bella interlards her speech with invective!

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • But it brought no solace to the mind of the weak, hard-hearted, and guilty son.

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • She was a stern, austere, hard-hearted woman, whom nobody loved.

    Queen Elizabeth Jacob Abbott
  • Then you must collect your debt, as other hard-hearted creditors do—by force.

  • If to be hard-hearted were a virtue, the best man there was Dillaway.


    Martin Farquhar Tupper
  • It was no joke to her, whatever it might be to her hard-hearted young sisters.

    A Houseful of Girls Sarah Tytler
  • And our hard-hearted rulers, with all their pride, can they subsist without us?

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
  • You are not half as hard-hearted as you would have me think.

British Dictionary definitions for hard-hearted


unkind or intolerant
Derived Forms
hardheartedly, adverb
hardheartedness, noun
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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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