Callous vs Churlish - What's the difference?

callous | churlish |


As adjectives the difference between callous and churlish

is that callous is emotionally hardened; unfeeling and indifferent to the suffering/feelings of others while churlish is of or pertaining to a serf, peasant, or rustic.

callous

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Emotionally hardened; unfeeling and indifferent to the suffering/feelings of others.
  • She was so callous that she could criticise a cancer patient for wearing a wig.
  • Having calluses.
  • Synonyms

    * heartless * insensitive

    churlish

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • of or pertaining to a serf, peasant, or rustic
  • * 1996 , Jeet Heer, Gravitas , Autumn 1996
  • [...] the eloquence and truth of his tribute stands in marked contrast to Kramer's churlish caricature of Kael as a happy pig wallowing in the dirt.
  • rude, surly, ungracious
  • stingy or grudging
  • (of soil) difficult to till, lacking pliancy; unmanageable
  • *1730–1774 , Oliver Goldsmith, Introductory to Switzerland
  • *:Where the bleak Swiss their stormy mansion tread,t
  • *:And force a churlish soil for scanty bread.
  • Synonyms

    * (of or pertaining to a serf) rustic * (rude or surly) cross-grained, rude, surly, ungracious * (stingy or grudging) grudging, illiberal, miserly, niggardly, stingy