Callous is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of callous, followed by 43 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - having calluses; having skin made tough and thick through wear
EXAMPLES - Callous in a Sentence
- The Afrikaans press '"callous" disregard for the Truth and (source)
- But he also said the U.S. was not "callous" about the loss of life. (source)
- One of them, Phyllis Delik, 80, described it as "callous" and "despicable". (source)
- I am well within my moral integrity to call a callous miserable for what he is. (source)
- For his part, Mr. Obama stressed the U.S. is not "callous" about the loss of life. (source)
- He called Saturday's killing "callous" and warned IFP officials to take extra precautions. (source)
- Bethany Marshall, psychoanalyst, is there any explanation for this kind of callous behavior? (source)
- McClane was always known as a callous figure, particularly notable for his colorful language. (source)
- Free societies cannot survive with this kind of callous disregard for the needs of the people. (source)
- Zimbabwe's secret police left the ruling party over the "callous" destruction of people's homes. (source)
- We condemn in the strongest possible terms the callous killing of shoolchildren at Table Mountain. (source)
- Facebook group shows a lot of people can identify with the actions of a man labelled a callous murderer (source)
- One person described him as "callous," a stinging charge for an official nicknamed the "People's Premier." (source)
- Mr. Konop also criticized Mr. Gerken for what he described as a callous disregard for the welfare of puppies. (source)
- The Washington Post called the callous slag's remarks "disastrous diplomacy" which is really underselling things. (source)
- George magistrate's "callous" comments equating a community's shock to a murder with that caused by a traffic offence. (source)
- Crimes as "callous" as theirs went directly go against the spirit of nation-building the NYC sought to inculcate, he added. (source)
- These unhappy women listened to all that was said with a kind of callous curiosity, and seemed determined not to take any hint. (source)
- It seems kind of callous to discuss gasoline in the wake of everything that's going on interims of the human suffering down there. (source)
- President Bush this week suggested the Myanmar junta may be "callous" and said the world should "be angry and condemn" the government. (source)
- And if I sound kind of callous towards earthquake victims or those who would help them, I deeply apologize because that's not my intent. (source)
- A handful of people seated in a campus auditorium on Wednesday assailed Gingrich for what they called a "callous attitude toward poor people." (source)
- Although you might be able to swing that it was their hope these children might be able to do it themselves, that seems kind of callous though. (source)
- The Giants had five turnovers against the Eagles, giving them an astounding 30 in 10 games, which Coughlin called a callous disregard for the ball. (source)
- A handful of protesters drowned him out for at least three minutes, assailing Gingrich for what they called a "callous attitude toward poor people." (source)
- The maternal object is described as callous, indifferent, given to spiteful aggressions or exploitations of the only, beautiful, talented, or brilliant child. (source)
- The summit also strongly condemned what it called a callous attack on the United Nations refugee camp at Gatumba on Friday in which about 160 people were killed. (source)
- On Tuesday, Ward vowed to fight ceaselessly at today's 10a.m. meeting, especially, she said, because the Republican members took power in what she called a callous way. (source)
- Howat Penny recalled her callous expression, photographed in Egyptian dress at a period ball, her description of the hard riding and reckless parties of the transplanted (source)
- I could list scores of bishops who play the same kind of callous game-that is, amassing power and money while completely forgetting the mission that Jesus died to promote. (source)
- The murder of kidnap victim Leigh Matthews was a painful reminder of the existence of "callous" people with no respect for human life, Deputy President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday. (source)
- I assume that the players and fans of the 11 baseball games scheduled for Monday will be called callous jerks because the games will go on despite the disaster approaching Ne Orleans? (source)
- This kind of callous, calculated display, with frivolity covering up the disdain for the men in uniform, should make it clear to anyone considering enlisting: you are fighting this war for his profits. (source)
- I recall the callous murders by hanging in an orange grove, of Sergeants Paice and Martin of the Intelligence Core, when a comrade of mine was severally injured when cutting down their booby-trapped bodies. (source)
- When the ulcer is of an ashen or leaden color, with the bottom and sides formed of dense, hard connective tissue, which gives but little discharge and is not sensitive, it is termed callous, torpid, or indolent ulcer. (source)
- Equally painful is self-examination, for if the wretch be 'callous', the 'facts' of psychology will not present themselves -- if not, who could go on year after year in a perpetual process of deliberate self-torture and shame. (source)
- The South African Society of Journalists on Thursday condemned what it described as the callous attitude of the Argus Company in offering its Sunday Star staff one of "the worst termination packages seen in the industry in years". (source)
- BLITZER: But the critics say, Congressman Blunt, that this is indicative of the kind of callous attitude that comes out of the Pentagon under Donald Rumsfeld, that he couldn't even find the time to personally sign these letters to these families. (source)
- Van Hollen criticized House Speaker John Boehner for what he described as a "callous" attitude toward the prospect of American job loss in the face of budget cuts, and argued that Republicans were taking the "wrong approach" toward mending the economy. (source)
- State Department spokesman Mark Toner says Gbagbo's continued efforts to force a result that he could not obtain at the ballot box show what he calls a "callous disregard for the welfare of the Ivorian people, who will again suffer amid renewed heavy fighting in Abidjan." (source)
- Levin said Republicans 'resistance to helping the unemployed made them look "callous," and he lamented the fact that the media doesn't put much of a face on the current congressional jobs jam -- despite the more than 1.2 million people out of work for longer than six months who since June 1 have missed checks because of congressional dithering, a number that will reach nearly 1.7 million this Friday. (source)
- It is a plastic exudation or thickening of the parts, which are commonly said to have become "callous," and the effect of it is to destroy the regularity of the outlines of the joint to an extent which constitutes a serious blemish, which will be permanent, and according to the degree of the aberration from the natural and symmetrical lines will inevitably depreciate the commercial value of the animal. (source)
- Well, with all the rhetoric that came out of B. Hussein Obama and the rest of the Democrats in their malevolent attacks criticisms of the B.sh Administration in regard to what they termed callous invasions of the privacy of U.S. citizens (monitoring of certain suspect international telephone communications and accessing bank accounts believed to be part of terrorism financing networks), this one sure is a shocker, isn't it? (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 43 example sentences provided below is 54.0, which suggests that "callous" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 43 synonyms for callous.
apathetic, blind to, careless, case-hardened, cold, cold-blooded, deaf to, hard, hard-bitten, hard-boiled, hardened, hardhearted, heartless, impassive, impenitent, indifferent, indurated, inflexible, insensate, insensible, insensitive, insentient, inured, obdurate, soulless, spiritless, stiff, stony, stubborn, thick-skinned, torpid, tough, toughened, unaffected, unbending, uncaring, uncompassionate, unconcerned, unfeeling, unimpressionable, unresponsive, unsusceptible, unsympathetic
We have 13 antonyms for callous.
caring, compassionate, concerned, feeling, interested, kind, merciful, mindful, nice, responsive, sensitive, sympathetic, tender
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of callous from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Having calluses; toughened: callous skin on the elbow.
- (adjective) Emotionally hardened; unfeeling: a callous indifference to the suffering of others.
- (verb-transitive) To make or become callous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Emotionally hardened; unfeeling and indifferent to the suffering/feelings of others.
- (adjective) Having calluses.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Hardened; indurated.
- (adjective) Hardened in mind; insensible; unfeeling; unsusceptible.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Hard; hardened; indurated, as an ulcer, or the skin on some part of the body from exposure to continuous pressure or friction: as, “a callous cicatrice,” ; “a callous ulcer,”
- (None) Hardened in mind or feelings; insensible; unfeeling: as, “the callous diplomatist,”
- (None) In entomology, swollen and smooth: as, a callous margin, one very thick and irregularly rounded or lumpy. Synonyms
- (None) To harden or make callous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) having calluses; having skin made tough and thick through wear
- (adjective) emotionally hardened
- (verb) make insensitive or callous; deaden feelings or morals