Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective devoid of courage or enthusiasm
  • adjective lacking in feeling or pity or warmth

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

heart +‎ -less

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.

    Trouble on the China Express

  • 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

  • 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.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • 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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  • 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.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • 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.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • 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.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • 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

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