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[hahrd-hahr-tid] /ˈhɑrdˈhɑr tɪd/
unfeeling; unmerciful; pitiless.
Origin of hardhearted
1175-1225; Middle English hardherted. See hard, -hearted
Related forms
hardheartedly, adverb
hardheartedness, noun
heartless, merciless, mean, unforgiving. Unabridged
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  • He wondered what made them so hardhearted and their children so bold.

    Amy Foster Joseph Conrad
  • Crack my son over the head, will you, you hardhearted, murtherin' divil?

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • For,” argued Nic now in his excitement, “no Englishman could be so hardhearted as to refuse help to a white slave.

    Nic Revel George Manville Fenn
  • You are bound to think me hardhearted; but that is not the case.

    Three Comedies Bjrnstjerne M. Bjrnson
  • She was bold in her manners, fond of herself, and hardhearted to everybody else.

    The Fairchild Family Mary Martha Sherwood
  • So Mr. Reynolds did not prove to be a hardhearted man, after all.

  • Far be it from me to see love's young dream wiped out by a hardhearted family.

    Bab: A Sub-Deb Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • She was hardhearted, and capable of pursuing an object without much regard to the injury she might do.

    Can You Forgive Her? Anthony Trollope
  • Elizabeth has been called a fool for listening to such pathetical ‘love letters’: and then hardhearted for not listening to them.

  • The poor dreaded him—the good despised him; for he was a hardhearted, selfish, griping man.

British Dictionary definitions for hardhearted


unkind or intolerant
Derived Forms
hardheartedly, adverb
hardheartedness, noun
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