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Origin of hardhearted

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

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Historical Examples of hardhearted

  • She was bold in her manners, fond of herself, and hardhearted to everybody else.

    The Fairchild Family

    Mary Martha Sherwood

  • He wondered what made them so hardhearted and their children so bold.

    Amy Foster

    Joseph Conrad

  • That hardhearted Lord —— seemed to be diverted by the scene.

  • Crack my son over the head, will you, you hardhearted, murtherin' divil?

    Sister Carrie

    Theodore Dreiser

  • You are bound to think me hardhearted; but that is not the case.

    Three Comedies

    Bjrnstjerne M. Bjrnson

British Dictionary definitions for hardhearted


  1. unkind or intolerant
Derived Formshardheartedly, adverbhardheartedness, noun
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