- 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.
- to make or become hard or callous.
Origin of callous
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Related Wordsinsensitive, unsympathetic, heartless, careless, cold-blooded, indifferent, apathetic, uncaring, hardened, unbending, indurated, inured, cold, hard, hard-boiled, hardhearted, impassive, impenitent, inflexible, insensate
Examples from the Web for callous
Is this the picture of a callous culture that chews these young men up and spits them out?Liberals’ College Hoops Pity Party
March 21, 2014
The deal, critics charge, was at best a bad one and at worst, a callous political move.Did Christie Go Easy on a Human Trafficker Just to Bust a Small-Time Pol?
March 17, 2014
The problem is that, when exposed to the political limelight, Carson's “gifted hands” have become careless, callous.Ben Carson Was a Role Model for Black Teens Until He Sold Out to the Right
March 16, 2014
Perhaps the most callous Israeli response, however, came from economy minister Naftali Bennett.Blame America First—And Only
December 5, 2013
Is Fisher really so callous in feeling that her hard work ought be “affirmed” just like that of black students?The Supreme Court Steps Back From Tokenism Under a New Name
June 24, 2013
I think you will be able to take care of yourself in a cold and callous world.In the Midst of Alarms
He was hardened, steeped in guilt, and callous as to the sufferings of others.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
What a gladdening result for the sensation-loving minds of the callous!The Law-Breakers
Is it the frequency of the punishment that has made you callous to the ignominy and the pain?
Imogen was deaf to their expostulations, and indurate and callous as adamant to their persuasions.Imogen
- unfeeling; insensitive
- (of skin) hardened and thickened
- pathol to make or become callous
Word Origin and History for callous
c.1400, "hardened," in the physical sense, from Latin callosus "thick-skinned," from callus, callum "hard skin" (see callus). The figurative sense of "unfeeling" appeared in English by 1670s. Related: Callously; callousness.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of a callus or callosity.