What does heartless mean?

Definitions for heartless
ˈhɑrt lɪsheart·less

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hardhearted, heartlessadjective

    lacking in feeling or pity or warmth

  2. heartlessadjective

    devoid of courage or enthusiasm


  1. heartlessadjective

    Without a heart; specifically, without feeling, emotion, or concern for others; uncaring.

    His heartless actions and cold manner left her saddened and feeling alone.

  2. Etymology: From heart + -less.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Heartlessadjective

    Without courage; spiritless.

    Etymology: from heart.

    I joyed oft to chase the trembling pricket,
    Or hunt the heartless hare ’till she were tame. Edmund Spenser.

    Then hopeless, heartless ’gan the cunning thief,
    Persuade us die, to stint all further strife. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    What, art thou drawn among these heartless hinds?
    Turn thee, Benvolio; look upon thy death. William Shakespeare.

    Thousands besides stood mute and heartless there,
    Men valiant all; nor was I us’d to fear. Abraham Cowley.

    The peasants were accustomed to payments, and grew heartless as they grew poor. William Temple.

    Heartless they fought, and quitted soon their ground,
    While our’s with easy victory were crown’d. Dryden.


  1. Heartless

    Heartless" is a song written and recorded by the rock band Heart in 1976 for their album Magazine. Issues with the band's previous record label Mushroom caused a delay in the album's release and Heartless was released as a single two years later, after the re-issue of their first single "Crazy on You". The song is an aggressive hard rock number that opens with a slower synthesizer based interlude before opening up into a full hard rock tune. The lyrics involve a scorned lover who apparently can't get away from the grasp of her heartless partner. "The doctor said come back again next week / I think that you need me / All she did was cry / She wanted to die doctor when can you see me / There's a guy out there / Seems like he's everywhere / It just ain't fair.""Heartless" and "Without You" were the only singles released from Magazine, with "Heartless" peaking at number twenty-four on the US Billboard Hot 100. Only five months passed before Heart released their next album, Dog and Butterfly.


  1. heartless

    Heartless refers to a person or behavior lacking compassion, empathy or consideration for others; devoid of kindness, sympathy or love. It can also mean lacking courage or determination.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heartlessadjective

    without a heart

  2. Heartlessadjective

    destitute of courage; spiritless; despodent

  3. Heartlessadjective

    destitute of feeling or affection; unsympathetic; cruel

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heartless in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heartless in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of heartless in a Sentence

  1. Jeff Dorson:

    Unfortunately, we routinely receive these type of reports, where dogs are dumped from a car or truck and left to fend for themselves along highways or back country roads, as we know all too well, people can be cruel and heartless.

  2. Charles Caleb Colton:

    In America every woman has her set of girl-friends some are cousins, the rest are gained at school. These form a permanent committee who sit on each other's affairs, who 'come out' together, marry and divorce together, and who end as those groups of bustling, heartless well-informed club-women who govern society. Against them the Couple of Ehepaar is helpless and Man in their eyes but a biological interlude.

  3. Sir Winston Churchill:

    To be conservative at 20 is heartless and to be a liberal at 60 is plain idiocy.

  4. Police Chief Robert Luna:

    To take a precious child from home, throw her in a dumpster like a piece of trash, is something only a very heartless person would do.

  5. Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions:

    The chief weapon of sea pirates, however, was their capacity to astonish. Nobody else could believe, until it was too late, how heartless and greedy they were.

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