unfeeling; unmerciful; pitiless.

Origin of hardhearted

1175–1225; Middle English hardherted. See hard, hearted
Related formshard·heart·ed·ly, adverbhard·heart·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms for hardhearted

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Contemporary Examples of hard-hearted

  • Against such a background, the political satirist must be hard-nosed, hard-hearted and—it must be said—self-interested.

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    Electing a Punch Line

    Christopher Buckley

    October 20, 2008

Historical Examples of hard-hearted

British Dictionary definitions for hard-hearted



unkind or intolerant
Derived Formshardheartedly, adverbhardheartedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hard-hearted

also hardhearted, "obdurate, unfeeling," late 12c. (implied in heard-heortnesse "hard-heartedness"); from hard + hearted. Sometimes in Middle English also meaning "bold, courageous" (15c.). Related: Hard-heartedly; hard-heartedness. Hard-heart "hard-hearted person" was in late Old English.

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