callous vs callused :

callous or callused

Calling someone “callous” is a way of metaphorically suggesting a lack of feeling similar to that caused by calluses on the skin; but if you arespeaking literally of the tough build-up on a person’s hand or feet, theword you need is “callused.”

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  • v  make insensitive or callous; deaden feelings or morals
  • s  emotionally hardened
    a callous indifference to suffering
  • s  having calluses; having skin made tough and thick through wear
    calloused skin
    with a workman's callous hands
News & Articles

  • Prison for Cherry Hill man in boat-sinking plot
    Describing the crime as egregious and callous, U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb in Camden sentenced Scott Tran, 40, a Cherry Hill chiropractor, to 46 months in prison for initiating a botched scheme to scuttle his fishing boat, the Alexander II, for the insurance money.
    June 13, 2013 - The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Missouri disregards the needs of the mentally ill
    Early and consistent treatment would do wonders, but Missouri has shown a callous disregard for its mentally ill citizens.
    June 13, 2013 - The Kansas City Star
  • 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.”
    June 12, 2013 - Olean Times Herald

  • Pasty People, Come Forth
    Has it been several summers since your skin’s had tan lines? Did you miss our brief stint of beautiful weather because you just bought Bioshock Infinite and you refuse to go anywhere until you finish, lest there be spoilers? Well, give your callused thumbs a rest this weekend and leave ...
    June 26, 2013 - Dallas Observer