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callous

[kal-uh s] /ˈkæl əs/
adjective
1.
made hard; hardened.
2.
insensitive; indifferent; unsympathetic:
They have a callous attitude toward the sufferings of others.
3.
having a callus; indurated, as parts of the skin exposed to friction.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
4.
to make or become hard or callous.
Origin of callous
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin callōsus hard-skinned, tough, equivalent to call(um) tough skin, any hard substance + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
callously, adverb
callousness, noun
uncallous, adjective
uncallously, adverb
uncallousness, noun
Can be confused
callous, callus.
Synonyms
1. hard. 2. inured, insensible, obtuse. See hard.
Antonyms
1. soft. 2. sensitive.
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Examples from the Web for callouses
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  • He acquired a row of callouses on each hand and a chronic ache in his back, but beyond that he did not accomplish very much.

    The Lookout Man B. M. Bower
  • On my word the good wife and mother hasn't the kinks out of her fingers yet, nor the callouses from her hands, by Jove!

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • He felt her callouses grind and grate on his, and a great wave of pity welled over him.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • But the world, which veils the spirit and callouses the instincts, makes curiosity for most people the criterion of interest.

    The Story of Opal Opal Whiteley
  • They were large and shapely, but the only callouses they could show were accusingly recent.

    The Real Man Francis Lynde
  • Get up before dawn, work like a slave, go out in the fields, ruin your hands with callouses.

    Luna Benamor Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • But there was a sparkle in his eyes, an ease of movement and callouses on his hands.

    Trading Jeff and his Dog James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • He bowed his head till his dirty, yellowish poll nearly touched his gray knees that were covered with callouses.

    Sacrifice Stephen French Whitman
  • You, too, should have callouses on your emotions by this time.

  • His hands, while smooth on the backs and well cared for, showed when he exposed the palms the callouses of ax handling.

    North of Fifty-Three Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for callouses

callous

/ˈkæləs/
adjective
1.
unfeeling; insensitive
2.
(of skin) hardened and thickened
verb
3.
(pathol) to make or become callous
Derived Forms
callously, adverb
callousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin callōsus; see callus
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Word Origin and History for callouses

callous

adj.

c.1400, "hardened," in the physical sense, from Latin callosus "thick-skinned," from callus, callum "hard skin" (see callus). The figurative sense of "unfeeling" appeared in English by 1670s. Related: Callously; callousness.

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callouses in Medicine

callous cal·lous (kāl'əs)
adj.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of a callus or callosity.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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