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[uhn-fee-ling] /ʌnˈfi lɪŋ/
not feeling; devoid of feeling; insensible or insensate.
unsympathetic; callous:
an intelligent but unfeeling man.
Origin of unfeeling
before 1000; Middle English; Old English unfelende. See un-1, feel, -ing2
Related forms
unfeelingly, adverb
unfeelingness, noun
1. numb. 2. hardhearted. See hard.
2. sympathetic. Unabridged
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  • Even to calculate on a mans death and make arrangements for filling his place is justly esteemed indecorous and unfeeling.

  • He is not so ungenerous a man as you think him: nor has he an unfeeling heart.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Yet with the closest secrecy she misled—with the most unfeeling coldness left me.

    Self-control Mary Brunton
  • I am better there, it is unfeeling in me to be here, when I can do the least thing there.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • unfeeling jests and pranks at the expense of others beget unhappiness and discomfort at the expense of ourselves.

  • He was by no means an unfeeling man, but he had his duty to do.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • Across this eloquent silence that the softest sound would have jarred upon, a cold, unfeeling voice broke harshly.

    Joel: A Boy of Galilee Annie Fellows Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for unfeeling


without sympathy; callous
without physical feeling or sensation
Derived Forms
unfeelingly, adverb
unfeelingness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unfeeling

late Old English, "having no sensation," from un- (1) "not" + feeling (see feel (v.)). Meaning "devoid of kindly or tender feelings" is recorded from 1590s. Related: Unfeelingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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