heartless

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj heartless lacking in feeling or pity or warmth
    • adj heartless devoid of courage or enthusiasm
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Heartless Destitute of courage; spiritless; despondent. "Heartless they fought, and quitted soon their ground.""Heartless and melancholy."
    • Heartless Destitute of feeling or affection; unsympathetic; cruel. "The heartless parasites."
    • Heartless Without a heart. "You have left me heartless ; mine is in your bosom."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • heartless Without a heart.
    • heartless Destitute of feeling or affection; cruel: as, to treat one in a heartless manner.
    • heartless Destitute of courage; spiritless; faint-hearted; cowardly.
    • heartless Synonyms See cruel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Heartless without heart, courage, or feeling
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Quotations

  • James Thurber
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    “The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms -- hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
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    “Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.”
  • Karl Marx
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    “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. heorte; Dut. hart, Ger. herz; cog. with L. cor, cordis, Gr. kardia.

Usage

In literature:

Large numbers of them mistook a labored, feigned, heartless manner for high-breeding.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
He was not, at any rate as yet, an altogether heartless swindler.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
His pleasures, as Sir Lucius knew, would soon pall; for he easily perceived that the Duke was not heartless enough for a roue.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
Oh, coarse and heartless imputation!
"The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
One of the most unpleasant, if we may not say hateful, objects in the world, is a cold, vain, heartless, beautiful woman.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
Indeed, indeed, I am not heartless, Frank.
"She and I, Volume 2" by John Conroy Hutcheson
Was she indeed what he called her, a heartless coquette?
"A Little Traitor to the South" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Poor Constance is not the heartless wretch you fancy her.
"In Direst Peril" by David Christie Murray
All the beauty, however, which she had before possessed in Jane's eyes was entirely dissipated by this heartless behavior.
"Rollo on the Atlantic" by Jacob Abbott
He is a heartless creature!
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
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In poetry:

I had not then mid heartless crowds
To spend a thankless life
In seeking after others' weal
With anxious toil and strife.
"The Bluebell" by Anne Bronte
I will not mock thee with the poor world's common
And heartless phrase,
Nor wrong the memory of a sainted woman
With idle praise.
"To My Friend OnThe Death Of His Sister" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And the heartless seasons vanished,
Other twain were nearly sped;
Then at last his suit seemed answered,
Silently she bent her head.
"Colhorn" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
I know, alas, their towering forms
Of unresponsive rocks and snow
Are heartless as their wintry storms,
And heed not if I come or go;
"At Hochfinstermunz" by John Lawson Stoddard
The sun comes up in the east
And the sun goes down in the west,
And man to me is a heartless beast
And the world has only a savage breast.
"Discontent" by Freeman Edwin Miller
CAMILLA calls me heartless: hence you see
Logic in love has little part.
How can I otherwise than heartless be
Seeing Camilla has my heart?
"Camilla" by Victor James Daley

In news:

Ambushed ambulance , heartless thieves, bee massacre.
Thompson's amnesia a heartless attempt to hide wealth he earned at expense of needy, seniors.
Stories making headlines across New Zealand at noon include ambulance medics ambushed in the dead of night, some heartless thieves sabotaging a school fundrasier and millions of bees massacred in Northland.
Like Kill List (2011) and Heartless (2009), this taut thriller wrings maximum suspense from all-too ordinary, real-life terrors while gradually edging into full-blown horror territory.
Off-Broadway's Signature Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Sam Shepard's Heartless.
National Geographic Channel Drops Melissa Bachman From Program After Petition Deems Her a ' Heartless Trophy Hunter.
Heartless is a Sam Shepard play.
Sam Shepard's ' Heartless '.
Heartless By Sam Shepard Signature Theatre 480 West 42nd Street 212-244-7529 signaturetheatre.org.
Jenny Bacon and Julianne Nicholson in " Heartless ".
' Heartless ' revels in Sam Shepard's lost souls.
Targeting the disabled — A heartless , impractical move.
Iowa Congressman Steve King is heartless and proud of it.
THE SPORTS DOCTOR- Heartless : Mark Cuban can't have the Cubs.
It takes us on a journey into the heart of our country and we see how heartless the heartland really is about some issues.
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