Definition of callous in English:
- But despite the ineluctable force of modernization it's surprising how strongly and deeply rooted this callous disregard for women is.
- Sadly, there is big money in rare species, but this is a very cruel and callous type of crime, and one we are anxious to stamp out.
- By defending his blundering ways, this self-serving little weasel shows callous disregard for that poor little girl.
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Late Middle English (in the Latin sense): from Latin callosus 'hard-skinned'.
The Latin source callosus means ‘hard-skinned’, and the word was originally used in this sense. The transference to ‘insensitive to others’ feelings', which happened in the late 17th century, has a parallel in thick-skinned. Callus (mid 16th century), for hardened skin, is from the same word.
Words that rhyme with callousCallas, callus, Dallas, Pallas
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