Definitions

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

  • adj. Devoid of compassion or feeling; pitiless.
  • adj. Archaic Devoid of courage or enthusiasm; spiritless.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Without a heart; specifically, without feeling, emotion, or concern for others; uncaring.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Without a heart.
  • adj. Destitute of courage; spiritless; despondent.
  • adj. Destitute of feeling or affection; unsympathetic; cruel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without a heart.
  • Destitute of feeling or affection; cruel: as, to treat one in a heartless manner.
  • Destitute of courage; spiritless; faint-hearted; cowardly.
  • Synonyms See cruel.

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

  • adj. devoid of courage or enthusiasm
  • adj. lacking in feeling or pity or warmth

Etymologies

heart +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In a blistering essay titled "The Derailed Country," posted online this past week and then quickly removed by censors, Han Han, one of China's most popular bloggers, mocked the leadership for what he characterized as a heartless approach to development.

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  • Dr Wortle, when he read and re-read the article, and when the jokes which were made upon it reached his ears, as they were sure to do, was nearly maddened by what he called the heartless iniquity of the world; but his state became still worse when he received an affectionate but solemn letter from the Bishop warning him of his danger.

    Dr. Wortle's School

  • Dr. Wortle, when he read and re-read the article, and when the jokes which were made upon it reached his ears, as they were sure to do, was nearly maddened by what he called the heartless iniquity of the world; but his state became still worse when he received an affectionate but solemn letter from the Bishop warning him of his danger.

    Dr. Wortle's School

  • Regulator 'shocked' by nurse's sacking THE Fair Work Ombudsman has issued a stern warning to a Melbourne nursing home over what it describes as heartless and shabby treatment of a long-serving elderly employee.

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  • The Fair Work Ombudsman has issued a stern warning to a Melbourne nursing home over what it describes as heartless and shabby treatment of a long-serving elderly employee.

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  • He alienated many Republicans when he described as heartless anyone who did not agree with his relatively liberal approach to the children of illegal immigrants.

    Rick Perry forgets which agency he wants to scrap in Republican debate disaster

  • KittyLitterbox, your definition of heartless is having government take from those who made wise choices about their future and giving it those who did not.

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  • That was just plain heartless, abandoning him like that.

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  • Against a backrop of galloping unemployment, collapsing industries and job losses, people here are hungry, angry and even willing to give a second chance to Kaunda, the man they called a heartless dictator before kicking him out of office in 1991.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • He is often described as a heartless oppressor of the poor and an enemy of his country.

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