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Stony-hearted

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Stony-hearted hard-hearted, cruel, pitiless
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. stán; Ger. stein, Dut. steen.

Usage

In literature:

I could not have believed it possible to move their stony hearts.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
But even so stony a medium had power, afterward, to make my heart beat.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2 No 4, October, 1862" by Various
William was wearing his most grave and stony-hearted expression.
"Stories from English History" by Hilda T. Skae
And the words of Jesus had found some room in the good ground of his heart; they had not all fallen upon stony places.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
The tears of a father, the prayers of a whole people, the interest of the state, nothing could melt this stony heart.
"Laboulaye's Fairy Book" by Various
Never has passion in any one made my heart of brass beat within my stony breast.
"The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5" by Theophile Gautier
Your mother is simply a stony-hearted parent!
"That Mother-in-Law of Mine" by Anonymous
Stony-hearted and stony-minded, he loved neither poetry nor pleasure.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2, July, 1850." by Various
That cold, stony stare almost breaks my heart!
"Dainty's Cruel Rivals" by Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
Sure woman's heart is stony: can it be That I still live while this is all of thee?
"The Birth of the War-God" by Kalidasa
It were a right stony heart that in a small time he could not soften.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
Was it possible that a young heart could already be so stony?
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
Mine were all the rights of social intercourse that India, stony-hearted step-mother of Collectors, has swindled us out of.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
She looked toward her husband and there was a cold, stony feeling in her heart.
"With Edge Tools" by Hobart Chatfield-Taylor
When the priest promised him this as an encouragement, the stony heart appeared softened.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. II." by Gustav Freytag
London may be "the stony-hearted step-mother" that De Quincey called her but Londoners are not necessarily neglected orphans because of that.
"Adventures and Enthusiasms" by E. V. Lucas
I feel no spur at my Brother's going to America, and am almost stony-hearted about his wedding.
"Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends" by John Keats
Cannot my stupid stony heart be made to flame with love and zeal?
"Henry Martyn Saint and Scholar" by George Smith
The stony and stubborn heart of Lord Railton was mollified.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 60, No. 369, July 1846" by Various
The poor old man was in great sorrow, for it seemed that no one would help him to rid the land of Bear of the Stony Heart.
"Canadian Fairy Tales" by Cyrus Macmillan
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In poetry:

I would but can't repent
Though I endeavor oft;
This stony heart can ne'er relent
Till Jesus make it soft.
"The Good That I Would I Do Not" by John Newton
Not proven was thy thrice-repeated deed—
Thou of the stony heart and dauntless eye:
Smile not, in Heaven's high court thou yet shalt hear
The unerring, proven verdict of the sky.
"Lines On The Trial of Madeline Smith For The Murder of L'Angelier" by Janet Hamilton
'Tis done! my God hath died;
My Love is crucified!
Break, this stony heart of mine;
Pour, mine eyes, a ceaseless flood;
Feel, my soul, the pangs divine;
Catch, my heart, the issuing blood!
"Hymn XXVII: Saviour, the World's and Mine" by Charles Wesley
On this "beautiful world" such a change had been wrought
By these few blessed drops. Oh! the same
On some cold stony heart might be worked too, methought,
Sunk in guilt, but not senseless of shame.
"Gracious Rain" by Caroline Anne Bowles Southey
Like idle clouds our lives move on,
By change and chance as idly blown;
Our hopes like netted sparrows fly,
And vainly beat their wings and die.
Fate conquers all with stony will,
Oh, heart, be still--be still!
"Steps we Climb" by Marietta Holley
The bell is sounding down in Dedham vale:
Be still, O bell: too often standing here
When all the air was tremulous, fine and pale,
Thy golden note so calm, so still, so clear,
Out of my stony heart has struck a tear.
"Farewell" by Robert Nichols

In news:

Montes' 20, Gibson 's 14 off the bench help Sacred Heart rally and beat Stony Brook 64-62.
Sacred Heart Pioneers vs Stony Brook Seawolves.
Sacred Heart beats Stony Brook 64-62.
Stony Brook Seawolves at Sacred Heart Pioneers.
Stony Brook Seawolves vs Sacred Heart Pioneers.
Stony Brook falls to Sacred Heart, 64-62, after leading by 14.
Sacred Heart men nip Stony Brook.
Sacred Heart beats Stony Brook 64-62.
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