from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Hard-hearted; unfeeling; cruel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hard-hearted; unfeeling; cruel.


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  • “Look on me,” said the captive, “and rejoice that thou canst yet see the wretched condition to which iron-hearted tyranny can reduce a fellow-creature, both in mortal existence and in future hope.”

    Count Robert of Paris

  • If you don't want to face this kind of thing routinely, the only way to proceed is to become iron-hearted - you must give the hostages up for dead, and then do everything in your power to kill both the hostage takers and their masters, and to ensure that they get NOTHING good out of their crime and EVERYTHING bad you can pile on them.

    "And when the captured British sailor admits she 'trespassed' into Iranian waters, there is fear in her eyes."

  • The country's iron-hearted Prison Service claimed Khodorkovsky suffered "a scratch on his nose" while quarreling with a fellow convict.

    Jailed Khodorkovsky Victim Of Knife Attack

  • As these words were spoken with cool and concentrated malignity which left no doubt of the fell meaning they implied, the hapless wretch to whom they were addressed gave himself up for lost, but endeavoured to move his iron-hearted captor by supplications for mercy.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • They moreover call him iron-hearted, and ask what ailed him that he went marching his army through all Peloponnesus, and why he did not rather keep himself quiet at home with a garland on his head, employed only in cherishing and making much of his body.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • But Charley could not wait for months; before one month was over he would probably be laid up in some vile limbo, an unfortunate poor prisoner at the suit of an iron-hearted tailor.

    The Three Clerks

  • Cold-blooded, iron-hearted fanatic — deceitful villain! —

    Old Mortality

  • Cappadocius, and Dardanus, and Pontus, and Asius, — to say nothing of the iron-hearted Charles the XIIth, whom the Countess of

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • Thus it necessarily happened, in former times, that the people, although iron-hearted, were more affected by these predictions than they would have been had they been admonished by the prophets, after they had received punishment.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 1

  • He sees his whole family famishing: he would rather be torn away from life than from his son: whence we gather that he was not iron-hearted: but his patience is the more deserving of praise, because he contended with the infirmity of the flesh, and did not sink under it.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 2


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