hardhearted vs heartless what difference

what is difference between hardhearted and heartless

English

Alternative forms

  • hard-hearted

Etymology

hard +‎ hearted

Adjective

hardhearted (comparative more hardhearted, superlative most hardhearted)

  1. Lacking in compassion; cold and pitiless.

Synonyms

  • stonehearted

Antonyms

  • softhearted

Translations

References

  • Webster, Noah (1828), “hardhearted”, in An American Dictionary of the English Language
  • “hardhearted” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
  • “hardhearted” in the Wordsmyth Dictionary-Thesaurus (Wordsmyth, 2002)


English

Etymology

From Middle English hertles, herteles, from Old English heortlēas (without courage; listless), equivalent to heart +‎ -less.

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈhɑɹt.lɪs/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈhɑːt.lɪs/
  • Hyphenation: heart‧less

Adjective

heartless (comparative more heartless, superlative most heartless)

  1. (obsolete) Without courage; fearful, cowardly. [10th–19th c.]
    • 1782, Frances Burney, Cecilia, II.iii.7:
      Cecilia then, though almost heartless, resolved upon talking with Mr. Harrel himself […].
  2. (now rare) Listless, unenthusiastic. [from 14th c.]
  3. Without a physical heart. [from 15th c.]
  4. Without feeling, emotion, or concern for others; uncaring. [from 16th c.]
    His heartless actions and cold manner left her saddened and feeling alone.

Derived terms

  • heartlessly
  • heartlessness

Translations

Anagrams

  • Earthless, Latherses, earthless, hartlesse, shearlets

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