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callous | callously | callousness

callous callously callousness
cruel or insensitive
  • How to Memorize
    • callous - cruel
  • Analysis

    The term ‘callous’ is used in relation to people’s behaviour and attitude. A callous person does not feel any emotion when they see somebody in trouble or pain. They are unkind and devoid of sympathy in words and/or actions.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymsinsensitiveheartless, indifferent,
    Antonymsbenevolentsympathetic, kindhearted,
  • Example(s)
    1. It might sound callous, but I'm glad David was fired. He used to always get on my nerves.

    2. She behaved callously, showing a total disregard for the welfare of others.

    3. The callousness of his murder was particularly upsetting. I don’t know how people can be capable of such things.