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[ahy-ern-hahr-tid] /ˈaɪ ərnˈhɑr tɪd/
cruel; heartless; unfeeling.
Origin of iron-hearted
First recorded in 1610-20
Related forms
iron-heartedly, adverb
iron-heartedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for iron-hearted
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  • How long must the iron-hearted monster feed on our life's blood?

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • We, at all events, are not iron-hearted enough to envy their few enjoyments.

  • And at this moment even the iron-hearted and the reckless were soft and sad.

  • His shield was of iron, his charger iron-coloured and iron-hearted.

    Armour & Weapons

    Charles John Ffoulkes
  • These words, coming from the once iron-hearted Berselius, struck Adams strangely; there was a trace of pity in their tone.

    The Pools of Silence H. de Vere Stacpoole
  • He is the enemy of conjugal love, and is the Jupiter of the Greeks, an iron-hearted tyrant, the ruiner of ancient Greece.

    William Blake Irene Langridge
  • But even the stern and iron-hearted officers of the Tower were shocked at his appearing at the scaffold.

    Queen Elizabeth Jacob Abbott
  • The iron-hearted father, whose soul this sublime tragedy had-melted, sat at his side weeping like a child.

    The Empire of Russia

    John S. C. Abbott
  • Thou art too gentle and sweet a child for such an iron-hearted father as King Minos.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Romans, also, were an iron-hearted people, placing their glory in foreign conquest.

    Olive Leaves Lydia Howard Sigourney

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