callous callous  /ˈkæ ləs/

Definition(s):

  1. (v) make insensitive or callous; deaden feelings or morals
  2. (adj) emotionally hardened
  3. (adj) having calluses; having skin made tough and thick through wear

Usage(s):

  1. In one America, she's smart, committed, likable, with strong values and empathy for people like them, and in the other she's an ambitious, callous appeaser.
  2. Grade school textbooks recount the callous brutality of Japanese soldiers in graphic detail, and credit the Communist Party with defeating Japan.
  3. The Bush Administration's Most Despicable Act Bush's sanctioning of torture was his most callous, despicable act.

News

  1. Dog of little consequence in fight against drugs

    This is in reply to the letter to the editor in Friday’s edition, “Police Callous in Killing Dog.”
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Olean Times Herald

  2. Republican vote on Medicaid disgraceful

    While I was not surprised that all 13 New Hampshire Republican senators voted to refuse to accept the Medicaid expansion provided by what they refer to as "Obamacare," that in no way lessened my disgust at their callous action.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Exeter News-Letter

  3. Letter: Callous Indifference to Women’s Health

    The workings of Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s clinic in Philadelphia clearly highlight conditions that were all too common prior to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade in 1973. As Congress and state legislatures press for restrictions on and the closing of health centers that deliver safe abortions, Americans must hold their elected officials to account for their callous indifference to the ...
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Valley News

Quotes

  1. "You may have thought this was sporting, but it was very callous and cruel," US District Judge Henry Hudson told Mr. Phillips during his sentencing.
    on Nov 30, 2007 By: Henry Hudson Source: Wall Street Journal

  2. "The testimony unmistakably revealed -- at the highest levels of the Bush administration -- a callous disregard in handling sensitive national security information and a disposition to smear critics of the war in Iraq," said House of...
    on Mar 6, 2007 By: Nancy Pelosi Source: Reuters Canada

  3. "Even though coaching can be a very callous and negative position, my staff and I poured my heart and soul into this," Wilson said. "It is very difficult to talk about this unemotionally."
    on May 12, 2008 By: Ron Wilson Source: CBC.ca

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