• WordNet 3.6
    • n callousness devoid of passion or feeling; hardheartedness
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n callousness The state of being callous. (Hardness; induration: applied to the body.
    • n callousness Insensibility of mind or heart.
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In literature:

Its constant iteration was sickening, until long experience made me callous.
"Prisoner for Blasphemy" by G. W. [George William] Foote
Mothers look upon the whole thing so callously.
"Three Comedies" by Björnstjerne M. Björnson
He has rejected my protection; the callous world must be his guru still.
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
Ginger himself appeared stolidly callous.
"The Adventures of Sally" by P. G. Wodehouse
Callous, however, as he was in this direction, he was sensitive in another.
"Hide and Seek" by Wilkie Collins
He had grown used, moreover, to her perpetual explosions, and took them generally with a boy's natural callousness.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
There was a callous nastiness about this affair.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
And now Falk was gone, gone in the most brutal, callous way.
"The Cathedral" by Sir Hugh Walpole
I almost wished for a sharp No, that would pull me together a bit and render me callous.
"Hunger" by Knut Hamsun
Rose received the news with a callousness which made even Lady Helen want to shake her.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward

In poetry:

The greater James so oft his God ador'd
Upon his naked knees, that they at last
(So very often he address'd the Lord!)
The camel's knees in callousness surpast.
"Advice To Prepare Ourselves, Before We Come To Worship God In Public" by Rees Prichard
Thy tender mercies to the Jews display —
To them thy righteousness and truth explain —
Take thou their callous unbelief away,
And to thy fold admit them back again.
"A Prayer For The Church" by Rees Prichard
The rarest treasures of yer 'eart yeh spend
On callous, thankless coots; an' in the end
It comes to this: if you can't find a muse
'Oo takes in washin', wot's the flamin' use?
"A Guide for Poits" by C J Dennis
Then, piteously outstretching calloused hands,
He sank upon his knees, his huge gnarled knees,
And echoed, falteringly, with slow harsh tongue,—
Perchance, perchance, the Maker of you all.
"Enceladus" by Alfred Noyes
Alas for trouble and care and sin,
And bitterness, hate, and strife!
That the heart grows cold and callous within,
As stoned by the hail and stunn'd by the din
Of the storm-driven desert of life.
"Paradise Lost" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
God works for all. Ye cannot hem the hope of being free
With parallels of latitude, with mountain-range or sea.
Put golden padlocks on Truth's lips, be callous as ye will,
From soul to soul, o'er all the world, leaps one electric thrill.
"On The Capture Of Fugitive Slaves Near Washington" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Callous attitude toward wife's death hurts.
Bonds of $1 million each were set today for a pair of 13-year-old boys charged as adults with a prosecutor called the " callous " murder of a 78-year-old Sheboygan Falls woman.
It took a Jersey guy to uncover ' callous and shocking' behavior at Penn State.
Penn State probe condemns " callous disregard".
Penn State was callous .
So when he called the Giants' latest spate of turnovers "a callous disregard for the football," he hit his sliding 6-4 team's problems squarely on the head.
Wachs owes an apology not only to Armenians for his callous comments, but to everyone, because the Armenian Genocide was a crime against humanity.
Because As Cold and Callous As This Town Can Be, We Can Still Fall in Love With a Teddy Bear .
We got ours absolutely nothing, but that's how we roll: cheap and callous.
Skin darkened by the sun, the occasional cigarette can be seen smoking between his calloused fingers.
I watched "The Incredible Dr Pol" and enjoyed his colorful personality, but I'm concerned by what appear to be lax standards and callous treatment of some of his dog and cat patients.
I would say that those who are callous about babies and callous about life ought to be brought to bear the callousness of their indifference.
Because As Cold and Callous As This Town Can Be, We Can Still Fall in Love With a Teddy Bear.
Arnold Slater, of Greenwich Village, was crossing Broadway at W 114th St when the callous driver clipped him about 11:55 pm Friday, police said.
George Zimmerman's callous ' hoodie ' comment.