What does callous mean?

Definitions for callous
ˈkæl əscal·lous

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word callous.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. callous, indurate, pachydermatousadjective

    emotionally hardened

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

  2. calloused, callous, thickenedverb

    having calluses; having skin made tough and thick through wear

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

  3. callous, cauterize, cauteriseverb

    make insensitive or callous; deaden feelings or morals


  1. 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.

  2. callousadjective

    Having calluses.

  3. Etymology: From callosus, from callum + -osus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Callousadjective

    Etymology: callus, Lat.

    In progress of time, the ulcers became sinuous and callous, with induration of the glands. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

    Licentiousness has so long passed for sharpness of wit, and greatness of mind, that the conscience is grown callous. Roger L'Estrange.

    The wretch is drench’d too deep,
    His soul is stupid, and his heart asleep:
    Fatten’d in vice, so callous and so gross,
    He sins, and sees not, senseless of his loss. John Dryden, Persius.


  1. callous

    Callous refers to being insensitive, indifferent, or unsympathetic towards others or their feelings. It can also describe someone who is emotionally hardened. The term can also be used to describe a hardened or thickened part of the skin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Callousadjective

    hardened; indurated

  2. Callousadjective

    hardened in mind; insensible; unfeeling; unsusceptible

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Callous

    kal′us, adj. hardened: unfeeling or insensible.—n. Callos′ity, a hard swelling on the skin.—adv. Call′ously.—n. Call′ousness. [L. callosuscallus, hard skin.]


  1. Callous

    see callosity.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of callous in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of callous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of callous in a Sentence

  1. Cyril Ramaphosa:

    In death, she has demonstrated that our many differences along political party and racial lines and the numerous disputes we may have are eclipsed by our shared desire to follow her lead in building a just, equitable and caring society, loudly and without apology, she spoke truth to power. It was those in power who, insecure and fearful, visited upon her the most vindictive and callous retribution. Yet, through everything, she endured. They could not break her. They could not silence her.

  2. Jeffrey Smith:

    The headlines announcing Obiang's re-election were likely written long ago, it was inevitable that the ruling party would maintain power, unfortunately to the detriment of the people who have long suffered under callous dictatorship and devastating poverty.

  3. Timothy Piazza:

    This is torture, this was callous and cold and inhumane.

  4. Barack Obama:

    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.

  5. Richard Dawkins:

    Nature is not cruel, pitilessly, indifferent. This is one of the hardest lessons for humans to learn. We cannot admit that things might be neither good nor evil, neither cruel nor kind, but simply callous -- indifferent to all suffering, lacking all purpose.

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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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