Callous definition

kăləs
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Emotionally hardened; unfeeling.

A callous indifference to the suffering of others.

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Having calluses; toughened.

Callous skin on the elbow.

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To make or become callous.
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Thick and hardened.
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Having calluses; toughened.

Callous skin on the elbow.

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To make or become callous.
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Callous is defined as cruel or insensitive.

If you laugh at someone who is hurting and don't offer to help, this is an example of when you are callous; a callous laugh.

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Having calluses.
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She was so callous that she could criticise a cancer patient for wearing a wig.

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Having calluses.
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Lacking, or showing a lack of, pity, mercy, etc.; unfeeling.
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To make or become callous.
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Origin of callous

  • Middle English from Old French cailleux from Latin callōsus from callum hard skin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin callōsus (“hard-skinned”), from callum (“hardened skin”) + -ōsus.

    From Wiktionary