callous

[kal-uhs]
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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.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to make or become hard or callous.

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 for callous

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

Antonyms for callous

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

Contemporary Examples of callously

Historical Examples of callously

  • Callously, she had struck right and left for room to get to her feet.

  • “Send them a Christmas card, and be done with it,” cried Jill callously.

    Betty Trevor

    Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey

  • He stared in wonder at his own wife as she told him his own heart so callously.

    The Rainbow

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

  • “Then I just took her knife and her food, and went,” the woman said, callously.

    The Woman from Outside

    Hulbert Footner

  • "You can say that for me, too," the lanista agreed, callously.

    Triplanetary

    Edward Elmer Smith


British Dictionary definitions for callously

callous

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

Word Origin for callous

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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

callously in Medicine

callous

[kăləs]
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a callus or callosity.
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