I am writing about an injustice for my English class and I need help figuring out a word to match this definition - someone who knows what a person is going through but just doesn’t care

  • @Joachim On the app, it's impossible to see suggested edits and apparently it doesn't prevent a 2k+ rep editor from making an edit. Whoops.
    – Laurel
    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:15
  • @Laurel Aha, no problem.
    – Joachim
    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:16
  • hello and welcome. please note the requirement at the tag for single-word requests: . To ensure that your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the word. INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE demonstrating how the word would be used. Nov 22, 2019 at 6:08
  • Look up synonyms for callous, insensitive -- good luck.
    – Kris
    Nov 22, 2019 at 13:37
  • The appropriate word seems to be "hypocratic" Nov 22, 2019 at 14:18

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A rather neutral term would be unsympathetic:

Not showing that you understand or care about someone's suffering

If you'd like something a bit more loaded you can go with heartless or unfeeling.

  • Thank you so much! This was super helpful!
    – Kitten
    Nov 22, 2019 at 21:58

Here are a few words that come to mind: aloof, detached, uninvolved, oblivious, closed, unempathetic, cold, insensitive, desensitized, uncaring, removed, disinterested, unavailable, neutral, apathetic, impervious, unaffected, remote, unengaged, unresponsive, impassive.

  • Nice list. Oblivious doesn't apply though. Disinterested doesn't imply lack of caring, it means unbiased; uninterested applies.
    – nnnnnn
    Nov 22, 2019 at 4:06
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    Nov 22, 2019 at 4:30

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