What does callous mean?

Definitions for callousˈkæl əs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word callous.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. callous, indurate, pachydermatous(adj)

    emotionally hardened

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

  2. calloused, callous, thickened(verb)

    having calluses; having skin made tough and thick through wear

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

  3. callous, cauterize, cauterise(verb)

    make insensitive or callous; deaden feelings or morals


  1. callous(Adjective)

    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. callous(Adjective)

    Having calluses.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Callous(adj)

    hardened; indurated

  2. Callous(adj)

    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. 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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Timothy Piazza:

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

  2. Ambrose Gwinett Bierce:

    Callous, adj. Gifted with great fortitude to bear the evils afflicting another.

  3. Amy Pascal:

    I'm being proactive, and I want to accept responsibility for these stupid, callous remarks.

  4. Prosecutor Jeff Buhman:

    These were very cold, calculated killings, she was a woman who was remarkably, unbelievably, incredibly indifferent and callous.

  5. Teruhiko Mashiko:

    The view that it is not dignified as a human to simply be kept alive by medical treatment is becoming more common, cALLOUS ABANDONMENT.

Images & Illustrations of callous

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Translations for callous

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • мазолест, безсърдечен, безчувственBulgarian
  • otrlýCzech
  • gefühllos, verhärtet, schwielig, abgestumpftGerman
  • calloso, desconsiderado, insensible, cruelSpanish
  • kylmä, tunteeton, känsäinen, sydämetönFinnish
  • insensible, sans-coeur, endurciFrench
  • cranrachIrish
  • कठोरHindi
  • keményszívű, kérges, érzéketlen, bőrkeményedésesHungarian
  • harðlyndur, harðgeðja, tilfinningalaus, fólskulegur, harðbrjósta, kaldgeðjaIcelandic
  • calloso, insensibile, cinicoItalian
  • bejausmisLithuanian
  • ueke, utongaMāori
  • hard, ongevoelig, eeltig, afgestompt, bot, gevoelloos, harteloosDutch
  • bezdusznyPolish
  • insensívelPortuguese
  • мозолистый, бесчувственный, чёрствый, бездушный, бессердечныйRussian
  • žuljevit, kalozan, tvrd, bezosjećajan, nemilosrdanSerbo-Croatian
  • hjärtlös, känslokall, känslolösSwedish
  • người vô tìnhVietnamese

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