- unfeeling; unkind; unsympathetic; harsh; cruel: heartless words; a heartless ruler.
- Archaic. lacking courage or enthusiasm; spiritless; disheartened.
Origin of heartless
Examples from the Web for heartlessly
Who heartlessly kicks Aziz Ansari into a hole, causing him to plummet to his death, instead of trying to save him?‘This Is the End’ Craziest Moments Quiz: Which Celeb Did What?
June 17, 2013
At least they won't get angry and accuse you of heartlessly trying to kill them in order to save a few dollars on tensor fields.Why Not Make Social Security Benefits Even More Generous
March 8, 2013
Rose Eversley began to laugh helplessly; heartlessly, her sister thought.Quaint Courtships
The days and months passed, heartlessly confirming my conjecture, my belief.The Book of Khalid
This story, heartlessly and irreverently told, was the tragedy of my life!Masterpieces of Mystery
Only because you are young and blind can you speak so heartlessly.Janet of the Dunes
Harriet T. Comstock
To every appeal they heartlessly refused to divulge the key to the lock-in.Meeting of the Board
Alan Edward Nourse
- unkind or cruel; hard-hearted
Word Origin and History for heartlessly
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.