Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being callous. (Hardness; induration: applied to the body.
- n. Insensibility of mind or heart.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. lack of passion or feeling.
- n. devoid of passion or feeling; hardheartedness.
“Until that time when the meaning of it all shall flash out upon the world, the race will be hidebound in callousness and in faint-hearted melancholy.”
“They have compounded their original sin -- callousness in handing over kiddies to aliens -- by hiding it.”
“There are orders of magnitude difference in callousness between the first two groups, and as between us and the third group the differences may be entirely philosophical.”
“For one thing, the bad acting and script-writing lend it a certain callousness: not only does a man skip off to church and leave the dead body of his buddy by the side of the road, but Pirkle singles him out during his sermon and tells him in front of a crowded room that his pal is damned forever and that he likely is, too.”
“The soldier wanted assistance and all he got was the usual dodge drafting sociopathic callousness from a man who was choking back a scolding of the plebe for criticizing him.”
“To find this amusing shows a certain callousness toward other human beings.”
“Confining the insane in close quarters was only a reflection of the prevailing standard of living rather than an expression of callousness.15”
“One involves a certain callousness tempered by an intense bond with your buddies that's strong enough to make you walk into bullets for your fellow soldiers; the other involves a deep compassion that requires you to keep a level head when people are throwing Molotov cocktails at you and a fearlessness that requires you to walk, armed with only a single pistol and a friendly smile, into a neighborhood full of people who may want to kill you.”
“This is what you might call callousness with consequences.”
“The callousness was a mere mask, and she had fled because she no longer had the strength to hold it up before her face.”
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