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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. 2017.
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  • Even the grim, iron-hearted scout betrayed a suspicious moisture of the eyes at the affecting scene.

    Blazing Arrow Edward S. Ellis
  • How long must the iron-hearted monster feed on our life's blood?

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • The superintendent received us with the iron-hearted courtesy of a Newgate turnkey.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus American Anti-Slavery Society
  • We, at all events, are not iron-hearted enough to envy their few enjoyments.

  • The iron-hearted Puritan, the relentless persecutor, the grasping and strong-willed man, was dead!

    The World's Greatest Books, Volume V. Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
  • And at this moment even the iron-hearted and the reckless were soft and sad.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Then again they would be as iron-hearted in their demands, as though we were free from sufferings, and in affluent circumstances.

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

    Queen Elizabeth Jacob Abbott

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