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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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  • "Let us leave the corpse; I am thirsty," Gregorio answered, callously.

  • callously, she had struck right and left for room to get to her feet.

  • He spoke as callously of the girl, for whom he entertained his unholy passion, as he would speak of a stranger.

  • “Send them a Christmas card, and be done with it,” cried Jill callously.

    Betty Trevor Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
  • Yet for nineteen hundred years we have borne the odium of having wantonly and callously performed a cruel and unjustifiable act.

    Rejected of Men Howard Pyle
British Dictionary definitions for callously

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 callously

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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callously in Medicine

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

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