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callous


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  Hardened  in  mind;  insensible;  unfeeling;  unsusceptible. 
  ``The  callous  diplomatist.''  --Macaulay. 
 
  It  is  an  immense  blessing  to  be  perfectly  callous  to 
  ridicule.  --T.  Arnold. 
 
  Syn:  Obdurate;  hard;  hardened;  indurated;  insensible; 
  unfeeling;  unsusceptible.  See  {Obdurate}.  -- 
  {Cal"lous*ly},  adv  --  {Cal"lous*ness},  n. 
 
  A  callousness  and  numbness  of  soul.  --Bentley. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  callous 
  adj  :  emotionally  hardened;  "a  callous  indifference  to  suffering"; 
  "cold-blooded  and  indurate  to  public  opinion"  [syn:  {thick-skinned}, 
  {indurate}] 
  v  :  make  insensitive  or  callous 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  CALLOUS,  adj  Gifted  with  great  fortitude  to  bear  the  evils 
  afflicting  another. 
  When  Zeno  was  told  that  one  of  his  enemies  was  no  more  he  was 
  observed  to  be  deeply  moved  "What!"  said  one  of  his  disciples,  "you 
  weep  at  the  death  of  an  enemy?"  "Ah,  'tis  true,"  replied  the  great 
  Stoic;  "but  you  should  see  me  smile  at  the  death  of  a  friend." 
 
 




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