Definition of unfeeling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈfiːlɪŋ/


1Unsympathetic, harsh, or callous: my mother is a cold, unfeeling woman
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  • I don't mean to sound callous or unfeeling, and I can appreciate that the parents themselves are full of joy, but I just can't summon up any ersatz enthusiasm for other people's children.
  • More than likely their communication was very poor, but for the authorities to maintain that they were not seeking asylum and send them to Indonesia was callous and unfeeling.
  • They had been harsh and unfeeling toward the poor.
uncaring, unsympathetic, unemotional, unfriendly, uncharitable;
informal hard-boiled, hard-nosed, thick-skinned
2Lacking physical sensation or sensitivity: he lowered his numb, unfeeling body into a seat and closed his eyes
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  • Worn over her unfeeling body, the suit gave the thirty-something Casey the strength of twenty men, and made her almost impervious to harm as well as giving her certain enhanced sensory abilities.
  • The pain dulled his senses, making him an empty, unfeeling shell marching along the rough terrain.



Pronunciation: /ʌnˈfiːlɪŋli/
Example sentences
  • Many are the times I have wandered down the streets of this fair city and witnessed deranged clowns unfeelingly pushing their greasy wares down the necks of protesting and luckless, innocent passers-by.
  • Fanny silently condemns him: ‘Never happier than when behaving so dishonorably and unfeelingly!’
  • ‘No, get out of my way,’ she responded unfeelingly.


Pronunciation: /ʌnˈfiːlɪŋnəs/
Example sentences
  • The plot depends upon the unfeelingness of the English upper classes of the 1930s.
  • A special little book, an antidote to the stress, fury and unfeelingness of many people's hurried, everyday lives.
  • In short, when the heart is hard, there will be a general unfeelingness toward God.


Late Old English unfēlende 'insensible' (see un-1, feeling).

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