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heartless

[hahrt-lis] /ˈhɑrt lɪs/
adjective
1.
unfeeling; unkind; unsympathetic; harsh; cruel:
heartless words; a heartless ruler.
2.
Archaic. lacking courage or enthusiasm; spiritless; disheartened.
Origin of heartless
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English herteles, Old English heortlēas. See heart, -less
Related forms
heartlessly, adverb
heartlessness, noun
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  • There was something so ruthless in the boy, so overbearing and heartless.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • You think that I am heartless, and have been playing with you.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • And, how about the heartless girl—did you ever see her again, Uncle Jim?

  • I reject you, and all of your kith and kin—all the false, hollow, heartless stock.'

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Reckless, thoughtless, heartless, he plunges headlong again.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
British Dictionary definitions for heartless

heartless

/ˈhɑːtlɪs/
adjective
1.
unkind or cruel; hard-hearted
Derived Forms
heartlessly, adverb
heartlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for heartless
adj.

Old English heortleas "dispirited, dejected;" see heart + -less. In Middle English with expanded senses "lacking in courage; foolish; listless; half-hearted; sluggish." Sense of "callous, cruel" is not certainly attested before Shelley used it in 1816. Literal meaning "lacking a heart, lifeless" (mid-15c.) is rare. Related: Heartlessly; heartlessness.

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