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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Iron-hearted Hard-hearted; unfeeling; cruel; as, an iron-hearted master.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • iron-hearted Hard-hearted; unfeeling; cruel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Iron-hearted having a heart hard as iron: cruel
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  • Edgar Allan Poe
    “To be thoroughly conversant with a man's heart, is to take our final lesson in the iron-clasped volume of despair.”
  • Isaac Babel
    Isaac Babel
    “No iron can pierce the heart with such force as a period put just at the right place.”
  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “Since my earliest childhood a barb of sorrow has lodged in my heart. As long as it stays I am ironic -- if it is pulled out I shall die.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. iren; Ger. eisen.


In literature:

But Iron Heart was undaunted.
"The Princess Virginia" by C. N. Williamson
And the iron drove down deeper, until of her heart there seemed only to be left a deep black hole.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
On the trail she was lost, and evil magic of the men of iron have made hard your hearts when she came to you.
"The Flute of the Gods" by Marah Ellis Ryan
I said my soul was iron, and my heart converted into stone.
"Ringan Gilhaize" by John Galt
Then she seeks the polished surface and iron heart, not rough looks and incoherent substance.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)" by John Ruskin
Then Victor turned away weary and sad at heart, and mounted the iron staircase to attend to the oiling.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
But on the iron was a barb, on which hung flesh from the heart, some red, some white.
"Lectures Delivered in America in 1874" by Charles Kingsley
The sight, then, of this rogue with his iron-shod stick in the middle of the road did not tend to rejoice my heart.
"The Conscript" by Émile Erckmann
Her heart seemed clutched by a cold, iron hand.
"A Mad Love" by Bertha M. Clay
The cry smote the savage heart of Ralph, smote it with the sear of white-hot iron.
"In the Brooding Wild" by Ridgwell Cullum
The pure light of Heaven was reflected even from that strong iron heart.
"Hansford: A Tale of Bacon's Rebellion" by St. George Tucker
The iron-hearted jailer had passed along, announcing, in coarsest phrase, THAT ROBESPIERRE WAS GUILLOTINED.
"Josephine" by John S. C. Abbott
She sang "Nous n'irons plus au bois," and Osmond felt his heart choking with the melancholy of it.
"Rose MacLeod" by Alice Brown
It seemed to him as if an iron hand were clutching his heart and brain.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
There was no mercy in the heart of the iron-faced man fronting him.
"The Man from Jericho" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
A heavy fatigue that weighted his heart and turned his bones to iron followed the brief buoyancy of spirit.
"Where the Path Breaks" by Charles de Créspigny
Her heart pounding out the measure of her racing blood Jerry laid her hand on the rusty iron handle of the door.
"The Trail of Conflict" by Emilie Baker Loring
Poets have given to Death a heart of iron, bowels of steel, black wings, and a net with which she envelopes her victims.
"Heathen Mythology" by Various
I'm the man with a petrified heart and biler-iron bowels!
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 9" by Various
Wouldn't it be ironic if Karl actually could do something for her heart?
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover

In poetry:

'My heart may well be desolate, —
These tears may well arise
While prison wall and iron grate
Oppress his weary eyes.'
"Mirth and mourning" by Anne Bronte
Then,—-if my heart's strength serve,
And through all and each
Of the veils I reach
To her soul and never swerve,
Knitting an iron nerve—-
"Mesmerism" by Robert Browning
Toll, mournful bell of the tempest,
Through my dreams by sleep unblest;
My bosom is throbbing as madly
To surges of wild unrest—
E'en as thy heart of iron
Is beating thy brazen breast!
"The Midnight Chime" by Emma Alice Browne
The miser lay on his lonely bed;
Life's candle was burning dim.
His heart in an iron chest was hid
Under heaps of gold and an iron lid;
And whether it were alive or dead
It never troubled him.
"For Where Your Treasure Is, There Will Your Heart Be Also" by George MacDonald
Oh, honey-bodied beautiful one,
Come forth from iron,
Red your heart is.
Fragile-tender, fragile-tender life-body,
More fearless than iron all the time,
And so much prouder, so disdainful of reluctances.
"Almond Blossom" by D H Lawrence
I spoke to the soldiers and sailors at sea,
Where best in the world would they all of them be?
And hark! how they earnestly shouted to me, With iron hearts throbbing,
And choking and sobbing,
-- Oh land us at Home!
"Home" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

every heart vibrates to that iron string.
These fish tacos contain not only lean protein and heart-healthy fats, but fresh veggies rich in iron and vitamins, too.
They both hearken to the laid-back, sleepy Americana grooves of Iron and Wine and Calexico's 2005 collaboration, "Lays In The Reins," an album that is near and dear to my heart.
The Last Dragonslayer' and 'Iron Hearted Violet.
Consumers were at the heart of the packaging redesign for the Feosol brand of iron supplements.
Woke up on Saturday, September 1, to find several planters destroyed and a heart shaped iron rod planter missing from our yard.
RIO DE JANEIRO – It's taken her 40 years, but performance artist Marina Abramovic says she's learned to relax the iron self-control that's at the heart of her craft.
A giant global steel firm is closing down one of the plants that form the still beating heart of this historic iron and steel producing area.
These patties are packed with premium protein, essential fatty acids, iron, calcium, fiber, and trace minerals, and won't contribute one bit to heart disease or diabetes, like animal-derived burgers do.
Children's Books: 'The Last Dragonslayer' and 'Iron Hearted Violet.
Former surfing champion Andy Irons had several drugs in his system when he died of a heart attack at age 32 in a Dallas-area hotel room seven months ago.
All eyes in the Heart of Dixie are on the Iron Bowl, which is.
All you need to transform plain waxed paper into lovely gift wrap is some tissue paper, a heart-shaped craft punch, and an iron.
On March 3, the heart of Lorcán Ua Tuathail, also known as St Laurence O'Toole, (1128 - 1180) was stolen from its iron cage mounted on a wall in Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin.
Mercy Health System teamed up with American Heart Association on Nov 2 for an event about preventative care with "Iron Chef" flair.

In science:

Entanglement is a resource at the heart of quantum mechanics; iron in the classical world’s bronze age.
Continuity bounds for entanglement