callous (adj.) c.1400, "hardened," in the physical sense, from L. callosus "thick-skinned," from callus, callum "hard skin" (see CALLUS (Cf. callus)). The figurative sense of "unfeeling" appeared in English by 1670s.

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  • Callous — Cal lous, a. [L. callosus callous hard, fr. callum, callus, callous skin: cf. F. calleux.] 1. Hardened; indurated. A callous hand. Goldsmith. A callous ulcer. Dunglison. [1913 Webster] 2. Hardened in mind; insensible; unfeeling; unsusceptible.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • callous — [kal′əs] adj. [ME < L callosus < callum, hard skin] 1. a) having calluses b) thick and hardened: usually calloused 2. lacking pity, mercy, etc.; unfeeling vt., vi. to make or become callous n …   English World dictionary

  • callous — I adjective adamant, adamantine, brutal, callosus, cold, cold of heart, cold blooded, coldhearted, durus, hard, hard of heart, hardened, hardhearted, heartless, impassive, impenetrable, impenitent, imperturbable, impervious, implacable, inclement …   Law dictionary

  • callous — *hardened, indurated Analogous words: tough, tenacious, stout, *strong: *firm, solid, hard: *inflexible, adamant, obdurate, inexorable: insensitive, impassible, *insensible, anesthetic Antonyms: tender …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • callous — [adj] cruel, insensitive apathetic, blind to, careless, case hardened, cold, cold blooded, deaf to, hard, hard bitten, hard boiled, hardened, hardhearted, heartless, impassive, impenitent, indifferent, indurated, inflexible, insensate, insensible …   New thesaurus

  • callous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ insensitive and cruel. ► NOUN variant spelling of CALLUS(Cf. ↑callused). DERIVATIVES callously adverb callousness noun. ORIGIN Latin callosus hard skinned …   English terms dictionary

  • callous — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin callosus, from callum, callus callous skin Date: 15th century 1. a. being hardened and thickened b. having calluses < callous hands > 2. a. feeling no emotion b. feeli …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • callous — adj. 1) callous to (callous to suffering) 2) callous to + int. (it was callous of him to say that) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • callous — cal|lous [ˈkæləs] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: calleux, from Latin callosus, from callus; CALLUS] not caring that other people are suffering ▪ We were shocked at the callous disregard for human life. ▪ a callous attitude ▪ the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • callous — callously, adv. callousness, n. /kal euhs/, adj. 1. made hard; hardened. 2. insensitive; indifferent; unsympathetic: They have a callous attitude toward the sufferings of others. 3. having a callus; indurated, as parts of the skin exposed to… …   Universalium

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