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callous

cal·lous

callous

 
 
pronunciation:
kae lihs
parts of speech:
adjective, transitive verb & intransitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: insensitive; unfeeling; hardhearted.
Their unwillingness to help showed a callous disregard for the suffering of others.The war had made the him callous, and he felt no sympathy for the plight of the villagers.
synonyms:
hardhearted, heartless, indurate, insensitive, unfeeling
antonyms:
compassionate, kind, sensitive
similar words:
apathetic, cold, cold-hearted, cruel, indifferent, inhuman, obdurate, stony, stonyhearted
definition 2: having calluses; hardened; thickened.
She saw from his callous hands that he'd been hard at work in the garden.
synonyms:
callused, hardened, horny, indurate, indurative, thickened
similar words:
hard, thick-skinned, tough
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part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: calloused, callouses, callousing
definition: to become or cause to become callous.
The long marches calloused the soldier's feet.
synonyms:
callus, harden
similar words:
toughen
derivations: callously (adv.), callousness (n.)
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