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callous

[kal-uh s]
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adjective
  1. made hard; hardened.
  2. insensitive; indifferent; unsympathetic: They have a callous attitude toward the sufferings of others.
  3. having a callus; indurated, as parts of the skin exposed to friction.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. 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
Related formscal·lous·ly, adverbcal·lous·ness, nounun·cal·lous, adjectiveun·cal·lous·ly, adverbun·cal·lous·ness, noun
Can be confusedcallous callus

Synonyms

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1. hard. 2. inured, insensible, obtuse. See hard.

Antonyms

1. soft. 2. sensitive.
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Examples from the Web for calloused

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  • They were worn, and had calloused stains and ill-kept nails.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • Even her hands, reddened and calloused by labor, were well kept and shapely.

  • He had noticed that Joe's hands were rather rough and calloused.

    Torchy As A Pa

    Sewell Ford

  • Jacovik turned his hands over and looked at the calloused palms.

    The Destroyers

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • His fingers were calloused and no current could pass through them.

    Electricity for the farm

    Frederick Irving Anderson


British Dictionary definitions for calloused

callous

adjective
  1. unfeeling; insensitive
  2. (of skin) hardened and thickened
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verb
  1. pathol to make or become callous
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Derived Formscallously, adverbcallousness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin callōsus; see callus
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Word Origin and History for calloused

callous

adj.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

calloused in Medicine

callous

(kăləs)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a callus or callosity.
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