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Meaning of CALLOUS

Pronunciation:  'kalus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  emotionally hardened; "a callous indifference to suffering"; "cold-blooded and indurate to public opinion"
  2. [v]  make insensitive or callous; deaden feelings or morals
 

CALLOUS is a 7 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: cauterise, cauterize, indurate, insensitive, pachydermatous, thick-skinned
 
 See Also: harden, indurate, inure

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Cal"lous\, a. [L. callosus callous hard, fr. callum,
callus, callous skin: cf. F. calleux.]
1. Hardened; indurated. ``A callous hand.'' --Goldsmith. ``A
   callous ulcer.'' --Dunglison.

2. Hardened in mind; insensible; unfeeling; unsusceptible.
   ``The callous diplomatist.'' --Macaulay.

         It is an immense blessing to be perfectly callous to
         ridicule.                             --T. Arnold.

Syn: Obdurate; hard; hardened; indurated; insensible;
     unfeeling; unsusceptible. See {Obdurate}. --
     {Cal"lous*ly}, adv. -- {Cal"lous*ness}, n.

           A callousness and numbness of soul. --Bentley.

 
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