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  • n. The quality of being callous; emotional hardheartedness or indifference.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. lack of passion or feeling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being callous.
  • n. Insensibility of mind or heart.

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

  • n. devoid of passion or feeling; hardheartedness


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  • 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.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • They have compounded their original sin -- callousness in handing over kiddies to aliens -- by hiding it.

    TORCHWOOD: CoE...Episode 2...things go to pieces

  • 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.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » “Activist Government” and the Rights of Minorities

  • 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.

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • 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.

    Think Progress » VIDEO: Rumsfeld Confronted By Soldier Over Equipment Shortages In Iraq

  • To find this amusing shows a certain callousness toward other human beings.

    EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - What is wrong with day time TV?

  • Confining the insane in close quarters was only a reflection of the prevailing standard of living rather than an expression of callousness.15

    The Mad Among Us

  • 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.

    The Problem I Have With The Military...

  • This is what you might call callousness with consequences.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • The callousness was a mere mask, and she had fled because she no longer had the strength to hold it up before her face.

    The Four Feathers


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