unfeeling

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj unfeeling devoid of feeling or sensation "unfeeling trees"
    • adj unfeeling devoid of feeling for others "an unfeeling wretch"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Unfeeling Destitute of feeling; void of sensibility; insensible; insensate.
    • Unfeeling Without kind feelings; cruel; hard-hearted. "To each his sufferings: all are men,
      Condemned alike to groan;
      The tender for another's pain,
      Th' unfeeling for his own."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unfeeling Devoid of feeling; insensible; void of sensibility. Devoid of sympathy with others; hard-hearted; unsympathetic; cruel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unfeeling un-fē′ling without feeling: without kind feelings: hard-hearted
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Quotations

  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Look closely at those who patronize you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught.”

Usage

In literature:

He was in despair and wrote to his father, who sent back an unfeeling letter.
"Paris: With Pen and Pencil" by David W. Bartlett
She was passionate, sensitive, and sympathetic, in a cold, heartless, and unfeeling world.
"Women of Modern France" by Hugo P. Thieme
When a great event has taken place, only the shallow and unfeeling chatter about it.
"The Bow of Orange Ribbon" by Amelia E. Barr
The bird unfeelingly trod on the girl's beautifully heaving breast.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
His many uncles, aunts, and cousins were cold and unfeeling.
"Added Upon" by Nephi Anderson
The next day there was a funeral from that house, and she was carried off and buried in the most hasty and unfeeling manner.
"The Women of the Arabs" by Henry Harris Jessup
She watched the battle, unfeeling as marble.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
There has been something crude and heartless and unfeeling in our haste to succeed and be great.
"President Wilson's Addresses" by Woodrow Wilson
I thought as badly of her as you at first, but I'm sure now she is not unfeeling.
"Effie Maurice" by Fanny Forester
The men of cold and unfeeling natures may get into office, but they are lightly esteemed.
"Practical Essays" by Alexander Bain
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In poetry:

The wrangling rustics' loud abuse,
The coarse, unfeeling, witless jest,
The threat obscene, the oath profuse,
And all that cultured minds detest.
"Written In The Isle Of Thanet" by Robert Bloomfield
You had not all the needful kindness, no;
Nor should one be amazed, unhappily:
You're very young, cold sister mine, and so
'Tis natural you should unfeeling be!
"Birds In The Night" by Paul Verlaine
As a vulture rapacious, in falsehood a fox,
Inconstant as waves, and unfeeling as rocks!
As a tiger ferocious, perverse as a hog,
In mischief an ape, and in fawning a dog.
""From the man whom I love, though my heart I disguise,"" by Tobias Smollett
Should some rough, unfeeling Dobbin,
In this iron-hearted age,
Seize thee on thy nest, my robin,
And confine thee in a cage;
Then, poor robin, think of me,
Think — and sigh for liberty.
"The Prisoner to a Robin Who Came to His Window" by James Montgomery
I see thy graceful babes caress thee,
I mark thy wise, maternal care,
And sadly do the words impress me,
The magic words--that thou art fair.
I wonder that a tongue is found
To utter the unfeeling sound!
"Vignette - II" by Matilda Betham
Ther may come a time when her passion has cooiled,
Shoo may think ov a chap shoo unfeelingly fooiled;
Shoo may seek me agean;--if shoo does,--well, by gad!
Aw'll welcome her back. Shoo's soa bonny mi lad.
"Soa Bonny" by John Hartley

In news:

When the final second ticked off the clock at Invesco Field in Denver on Oct 14, the scoreboard told the sterile, unfeeling truth: Miami 24, Denver 22.
And Anna 's long-suffering husband doesn't come off as an unfeeling prig so much as a well-meaning but total oddball.
It might be perverse to accuse a tearjerker as accomplished as Spielberg of being unfeeling.
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