callous

[ kal-uhs ]
/ ˈkæl əs /

adjective

made hard; hardened.
insensitive; indifferent; unsympathetic: They have a callous attitude toward the sufferings of others.
having a callus; indurated, as parts of the skin exposed to friction.

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become hard or callous.

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Origin of callous

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin callōsus hard-skinned, tough, equivalent to call(um) tough skin, any hard substance + -ōsus -ous

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH callous

callous callus
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British Dictionary definitions for callous

callous
/ (ˈkæləs) /

adjective

unfeeling; insensitive
(of skin) hardened and thickened

verb

pathol to make or become callous

Derived forms of callous

callously, adverbcallousness, noun

Word Origin for callous

C16: from Latin callōsus; see callus
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Medical definitions for callous

callous
[ kăləs ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or characteristic of a callus or callosity.
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