Definitions

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  • n. The state or condition of being unfeeling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being unfeeling; insensibility; hardness; cruelty.

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

  • n. devoid of passion or feeling; hardheartedness

Etymologies

unfeeling +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Amid complaints about my general unfeelingness and lack of consideration for a gravely injured man, he got dressed and sat long enough for me to bind up the weak ankle before his natural exuberance asserted itself.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • She gave a small, cynical shrug of the unhurt shoulder; it was part of her make-up that when most her spirit cried out in pain, she must repel pity with a show of unfeelingness.

    Tour de Force

  • We were putting a certain amount of regret into it; for though Villerville has seen us depart with civilized indifference or the stolidity of the barbarian -- for they are one, we found our own attainments in the science of unfeelingness deficient: to look down upon the village from the next hill top was like facing a lost joy.

    In and out of Three Normady Inns

  • Madame Fouchet herself, the woman, not the actress, was to blame, I think, for our unfeelingness.

    In and out of Three Normady Inns

  • French to this are, doubtless, base and designing intriguers; yet I cannot acquit the people, who are thus wrought on, of unfeelingness and levity.

    A Residence in France During the Years 1792, 1793, 1794 and 1795, Part I. 1792 Described in a Series of Letters from an English Lady: with General and Incidental Remarks on the French Character and Manners

  • The unfeelingness which he applied yesterday to our Master, characterises much more the Minister.

    George Selwyn: His Letters and His Life

  • Richard has provoked me beyond measure by his insolence and unfeelingness about everybody and everything.

    George Selwyn: His Letters and His Life

  • Now would it be Christian, or would it not rather be something more than unchristian -- would it not be gross rudeness and coarse unfeelingness to treat such words, and habits, and customs, with anything but respect and reverence?

    Sermons Preached at Brighton Third Series

  • If the man was previously to the highest degree merciful and sympathizing, he may become stolid to human suffering as any infant who laughs at its mother's funeral, not from wickedness of disposition but absence of the faculty which appreciates woe, and I doubt not that this change goes far to explain the ghastly unfeelingness of many a Turkish and

    The Opium Habit

  • Feeling transcendently deep and powerful is unimpassioned and far lower-voiced than indifference and unfeelingness, being wont to express itself, not by eloquent ebullition, but by extreme understatement, or even by total silence.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 43, May, 1861 Creator

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