Definition of callous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkæləs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæləs//
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not caring about other people’s feelings or suffering synonym cruel, unfeeling a callous killer/attitude/act a callous disregard for the feelings of others Word Originlate Middle English (in the Latin sense): from Latin callosus ‘hard-skinned’.Extra examples He was convicted of the particularly callous murder of two teenage boys. I still can’t believe they were so callous. The troops showed a callous disregard for life and property.