Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lacking feeling or emotion: a cold-blooded killer.
  • adj. Executed without feeling or emotion: a cold-blooded crime; a cold-blooded performance of the concerto.
  • adj. Ectothermic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having an unregulated body temperature; ectothermic.
  • adj. Lacking emotion or compunction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having cold blood; -- said of fish or animals whose blood is but little warmer than the water or air about them.
  • adj. Deficient in sensibility or feeling; hard-hearted.
  • adj. Not thoroughbred; -- said of animals, as horses, which are derived from the common stock of a country.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having cold blood; hematocryal.
  • See Hœmatocrya.
  • Not thoroughbred; of common or mongrel stock: applied to horses that are not full-blooded.
  • Sensitive to cold: said of persons who feel the cold more than is usual: as, a cold-blooded man is obliged to dress warmly in winter.
  • Figuratively, without sensibility or feeling; unsympathetic; without the usual feelings of humanity; characterized by such lack of sensibility: as, a cold-blooded villain; cold-blooded advice; a cold-blooded murder.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having cold blood (in animals whose body temperature is not internally regulated)
  • adj. without compunction or human feeling

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Examples

  • The scientists were keen to clarify the term "cold-blooded", which - although a familiar description used for many reptiles, amphibians and fish - can be misleading.

    BBC News - Home

  • “You know, what you refer to as cold-blooded murder, others term justifiable homicide.”

    Earl of Durkness

  • A jury in Canada has found three members of an Afghan family guilty of drowning three teenage sisters and another woman in what the judge described as "cold-blooded, shameful murders" resulting from a "twisted concept of honour".

    'Honour killings': Canadian jury finds Afghan family guilty

  • KINGSTON, Ontario AP - A jury on Sunday found an Afghan father, his wife and their son guilty of killing three teenage sisters and a co-wife in what the judge described as "cold-blooded, shameful murders" resulting from a "twisted concept of honor."

    USATODAY.com News

  • A jury on Sunday found an Afghan father, his wife and their son guilty of killing three teenage sisters and a co-wife in what the judge described as "cold-blooded, shameful murders" resulting from a "twisted concept of honor."

    SFGate: Don Asmussen: Bad Reporter

  • Afghan family guilty in honour killing A CANADIAN jury has found an Afghan father, his wife and their son guilty of killing three teenage sisters and another wife in what the judge described as "cold-blooded, shameful murders" resulting from a "twisted concept of honour".

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

  • Sahirn P’Thall stared back at Cogley with a withering glare that the defense attorney would have called cold-blooded, if Kradians had circulatory systems.

    The Case of the Colonist’s Corpse

  • It became commonplace to talk about the Japanese as a distinctively devious, sadistic, and cold-blooded “race” of people.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Loss of legs, loss of eyes, loss of tails, loss of teeth, change from cold-blooded to warm-blooded, loss of scales, etc.

    A Disclaimer for Behe?

  • Its true that most people in a panic state would tend to ignore details while displacing them with their own, but there are those rare "cold-blooded" few who can process multiple things at once, going beyond "its an airplane". angryoldfatman has responded with the shadow factor which would be dependent on the weather conditions (brightness etc …) and the observer (vision and reference point) (which I believe is an excellent point, btw).

    1000 Architects and Engineers

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