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Synonyms for callous
ˈkæl əscal·lous

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  1. callousadjective

    heartless, astorgous

  2. callousadjective

    Emotionally hardened; unfeeling and indifferent to the suffering/feelings of others.

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

    heartless, astorgous

  3. callousadjective

    Having calluses.

    heartless, astorgous

Princeton's WordNet

  1. callous, indurate, pachydermatousadjective

    emotionally hardened

    "a callous indifference to suffering"; "cold-blooded and indurate to public opinion"

    calloused, pachydermous, pachydermic, pachydermatous, pachydermal, thickened, indurate

    sensitive, tender, untoughened

  2. calloused, callous, thickenedverb

    having calluses; having skin made tough and thick through wear

    "calloused skin"; "with a workman's callous hands"

    calloused, indurate, pachydermatous, thickened

    tender, untoughened, sensitive

  3. callous, cauterize, cauteriseverb

    make insensitive or callous; deaden feelings or morals

    cauterise, burn, cauterize

    sensitive, tender, untoughened

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. callousadjective

    indurated, hardened, hard

  2. callousadjective

    insensible, unfeeling, apathetic, obtuse, unsusceptible, unimpressible, sluggish, dull, torpid, indifferent, dead

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. callousadjective

    unfeeling, insensible, hardened, unimpressible

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How to use callous in a sentence?

  1. John Berger:

    One of the fundamental reasons why so many doctors become cynical and disillusioned is precisely because, when the abstract idealism has worn thin, they are uncertain about the value of the actual lives of the patients they are treating. This is not because they are callous or personally inhuman: it is because they live in and accept a society which is incapable of knowing what a human life is worth.

  2. Matt Nakajima:

    The casino had no safety policies in place for floor inspection or fall prevention and had no criticism of the employees failure to pick up the trip hazard even though its own internal documents found her at fault, the casinos callous disregard for their customers safety was on full display throughout the trial.

  3. Barack Obama:

    Luke was a photojournalist who sought through his images to convey the lives of Yemenis to the outside world, the callous disregard for Luke’s life is more proof of the depths of AQAP’s depravity, and further reason why the world must never cease in seeking to defeat their evil ideology.

  4. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin:

    I am very troubled by the callous behavior of Planned Parenthood staff in (the) recently released videos, which casually discuss the sale, possibly for profit, of fetal tissue after an abortion, until these allegations have been answered and resolved, I do not believe that taxpayer money should be used to fund this organization.

  5. Gloria Steinem:

    The family is the basic cell of government: it is where we are trained to believe that we are human beings or that we are chattel, it is where we are trained to see the sex and race divisions and become callous to injustice even if it is done to ourselves, to accept as biological a full system of authoritarian government.

Translations for callous

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  • мазолест, безсърдечен, безчувственBulgarian
  • otrlýCzech
  • abgestumpft, verhärtet, gefühllos, schwieligGerman
  • calloso, desconsiderado, cruel, insensibleSpanish
  • känsäinen, tunteeton, kylmä, sydämetönFinnish
  • endurci, insensible, sans-coeurFrench
  • cranrachIrish
  • कठोरHindi
  • bőrkeményedéses, érzéketlen, kérges, keményszívűHungarian
  • harðgeðja, tilfinningalaus, harðbrjósta, harðlyndur, kaldgeðja, fólskulegurIcelandic
  • cinico, calloso, insensibileItalian
  • bejausmisLithuanian
  • ueke, utongaMāori
  • bot, gevoelloos, harteloos, hard, afgestompt, eeltig, ongevoeligDutch
  • bezdusznyPolish
  • insensívelPortuguese
  • бездушный, мозолистый, бесчувственный, бессердечный, чёрствыйRussian
  • nemilosrdan, kalozan, bezosjećajan, žuljevit, tvrdSerbo-Croatian
  • hjärtlös, känslolös, känslokallSwedish
  • người vô tìnhVietnamese

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