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unfeeling

[uhn-fee-ling] /ʌnˈfi lɪŋ/
adjective
1.
not feeling; devoid of feeling; insensible or insensate.
2.
unsympathetic; callous:
an intelligent but unfeeling man.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English unfelende. See un-1, feel, -ing2
Related forms
unfeelingly, adverb
unfeelingness, noun
Synonyms
1. numb. 2. hardhearted. See hard.
Antonyms
2. sympathetic.
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Examples for unfeeling
  • Her sorrows can only have been compounded by living with an irascible, unfeeling, overbearing husband.
  • Abstract and unfeeling language often offends people.
  • Violent, unfeeling, and aggressive characters are portrayed as the epitome of masculinity.
  • It is better to let a tear fall than to appear cold and unfeeling.
British Dictionary definitions for unfeeling

unfeeling

/ʌnˈfiːlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
without sympathy; callous
2.
without physical feeling or sensation
Derived Forms
unfeelingly, adverb
unfeelingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unfeeling
adj.

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.

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