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  • adj. inhuman; cruel

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inhuman; cruel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having, as it were, the heart of a dog; hence, cruel; pitiless; malicious.


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  • She and Regan are dog-hearted: they are tigers, not daughters: each is an adder to the other: the flesh of each is covered with the fell of a beast.

    Shakespearean Tragedy Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth

  • To his own lips '-- when his' dog-hearted daughters 'have returned to his own bosom the cruel edge of that _unnatural_ wrong which he has impiously dared to summon nature herself -- violated nature -- to witness, this is the greeting which the _unnatural_ Goneril receives, on her return to her husband, when she complains to him of her welcome --

    The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded


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