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cold-hearted

[kohld-hahr-tid]
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adjective
  1. lacking sympathy or feeling; indifferent; unkind.
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Origin of cold-hearted

First recorded in 1600–10
Related formscold·heart·ed·ly, adjectivecold-heart·ed·ness, noun
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  • You have heard me described as cold-hearted, calculating, selfish—'

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • Let the cold-hearted and the old say what they will, youth is the time for moral bravery.

    Rattlin the Reefer

    Edward Howard

  • Which was a logical and cold-hearted way of looking at things.

    Deathworld

    Harry Harrison

  • In fact, logical and cold-hearted could describe any Pyrran activity.

    Deathworld

    Harry Harrison

  • This was the language of the cold-hearted foe, secure of superior power.


British Dictionary definitions for cold-hearted

cold-hearted

adjective
  1. lacking in feeling or warmth; unkind
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Derived Formscold-heartedly, adverbcold-heartedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cold-hearted

adj.

c.1600, from cold (adj.) + hearted. Originally in Shakespeare. Old English had cealdheort (adj.) "cruel."

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