callous

[kal-uhs]

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.

Nearby words

  1. callosal gyrus,
  2. callose,
  3. callosity,
  4. callot,
  5. callot, jacques,
  6. calloused,
  7. callously,
  8. callow,
  9. calloway,
  10. calloway, cab

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 forms
Can be confusedcallous callus

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British Dictionary definitions for callousness

callous

adjective

unfeeling; insensitive
(of skin) hardened and thickened

verb

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 callousness

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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Medicine definitions for callousness

callous

[kăləs]

adj.

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

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