follow Dictionary.com

Is irregardless a word?

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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for callousness
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • But the Butes, then, were proverbially notorious for their callousness and their ingratitude.

    Tobias Smollett Oliphant Smeaton
  • Perhaps the fate of Niobe is no fable, but a type of the callousness of our nature.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • To humor him in his delusion seemed the height of callousness.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner Coningsby Dawson
  • For all my callousness I was sick and unmanned by that which had befallen.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • To have gone off at once to China like that proved his callousness and indifference.

  • "Pooh, she didn't have to pay much," said Judith with the callousness of childhood.

    Miss Pat at School Pemberton Ginther
  • Rose received the news with a callousness which made even Lady Helen want to shake her.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for callousness

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for callousness

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
callousness 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
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for callous

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for callousness

13
18
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for callousness