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Devoid of sympathy or feeling.

cold′-heart′ed·ly adv.
cold′-heart′ed·ness n.
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Unless we feel in our bones the hurt suffered by others because of our neglect, apathy, or cold-heartedness, watching "The Passion of the Christ," or going through our Holy Week rituals will just be another guilt trip.
This departure from Agamben is certainly true to the novels' critical views of the cold-heartedness and injustice that tolerates such exclusions, but it also points to some questions raised by Armstrong's analysis.
The temptation towards hysterics is strong, but the pull towards cold-heartedness is just as tough.
Dr Dutton says: "We ranked them on persuasiveness, fearlessness, immunity to stress, egocentricity, rebelliousness, blaming others, impulsiveness and cold-heartedness." Each one was analysed using biographies, conversations with journalists, and actors who had played the figures on stage and screen.
"This was a particularly despicable case and the breach of trust and the way these crimes were carried out displayed a cold-heartedness and lack of respect for the victims.
Tai and two other co-founders of Occupy Central had earlier criticized Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's administration for its cold-heartedness and use of force against the people's demands for democracy.
"We will end the era of revenge, hatred and cold-heartedness in ystanbul.