[ hahrd-hahr-tid ]
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  1. unfeeling; unmerciful; pitiless.

Origin of hardhearted

1175–1225; Middle English hardherted. See hard, hearted

Other words for hardhearted

Other words from hardhearted

  • hard·heart·ed·ly, adverb
  • hard·heart·ed·ness, noun

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How to use hardhearted in a sentence

  • We were accused of being hard-hearted, hypocritical, and a long list of other things for not having done so.

    Elvis Costello Snubs Israel | Roi Ben-Yehuda | May 20, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Against such a background, the political satirist must be hard-nosed, hard-hearted and—it must be said—self-interested.

    Electing a Punch Line | Christopher Buckley | October 20, 2008 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Your father is not a hard hearted man; when his passion is over he will be the first to want you back.

    The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
  • You seem to think, retorted the doctor, that every body is disposed to be hard-hearted to-day except yourself.

  • The hard-hearted executor of the law was brought within the influence of her enchantment.

  • He was a hard-hearted youth, and was frankly surprised that Haggard showed any feeling at all.

  • Mrs Pike was not very hard-hearted, but she knew that a little starvation would do none of them much harm.

    Digby Heathcote | W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for hardhearted


/ (ˌhɑːdˈhɑːtɪd) /

  1. unkind or intolerant

Derived forms of hardhearted

  • hardheartedly, adverb
  • hardheartedness, noun

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