What does callous mean?

callous meaning in General Dictionary

Hardened indurated

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  • having calluses; having skin made tough and dense through use
  • emotionally hardened
  • make insensitive or callous; deaden thoughts or morals
  • Hardened; indurated.
  • Hardened in mind; insensible; unfeeling; unsusceptible.

callous meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, "hardened," in the physical sense, from Latin callosus "thick-skinned," from callus, callum "hard skin" (see callus). The figurative sense of "unfeeling" appeared in English by 1670s. Related: Callously; callousness.

Sentence Examples with the word callous

The police showed callous disregard for innocent lives.

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