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. [1913 Webster]

2. Hardened in mind; insensible; unfeeling; unsusceptible. ``The callous diplomatist.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

A callousness and numbness of soul. --Bentley. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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