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Related to hardhearted: obdurate, parsimonious


Lacking in feeling or compassion; pitiless and cold.

hard′heart′ed·ly adv.
hard′heart′ed·ness n.


unkind or intolerant
ˌhardˈheartedly adv
ˌhardˈheartedness n


(ˈhɑrdˈhɑr tɪd)

unfeeling; unmerciful; pitiless.
hard′heart′ed•ly, adv.
hard′heart′ed•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hardhearted - lacking in feeling or pity or warmth
soft-boiled, softhearted - easily moved to pity or sorrow; "a softhearted judge"
2.hardhearted - devoid of feeling for othershardhearted - devoid of feeling for others; "an unfeeling wretch"
uncompassionate - lacking compassion or feeling for others; "nor silver-shedding tears could penetrate her uncompassionate sire"- Shakespeare


References in classic literature ?
Darling, I am not cruel or hardhearted. To rend your little soul would be the act of a blood-thirsty tiger, whereas I have the heart of a sheep.
Certainly wife and children are a kind of discipline of humanity; and single men, though they may be many times more charitable, because their means are less exhaust, yet, on the other side, they are more cruel and hardhearted (good to make severe inquisitors), because their tenderness is not so oft called upon.
"All these mishaps have befallen thee, hardhearted knight, for the sin of thy insensibility and obstinacy; and God grant thy squire Sancho may forget to whip himself, so that that dearly beloved Dulcinea of thine may never be released from her enchantment, that thou mayest never come to her bed, at least while I who adore thee am alive."
With those about him, from his daughter to his serfs, the prince was sharp and invariably exacting, so that without being a hardhearted man he inspired such fear and respect as few hardhearted men would have aroused.
They showed us the noisome cell where the celebrated "Iron Mask"--that ill-starred brother of a hardhearted king of France--was confined for a season before he was sent to hide the strange mystery of his life from the curious in the dungeons of Ste.
On these occasions I always stalked by, meditating on higher things, though Mary seemed to think me very hardhearted, and Irene, who had become his nurse (I forget how, but fear I had something to do with it), ran after me with messages, as, would I not call and see him in his home at twelve o'clock, at which moment, it seemed, he was at his best.
There, I won't lecture any more, for I know you'll wake up and be a man in spite of that hardhearted girl."
He won- dered what made them so hardhearted and their children so bold.