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English definition of “cold-blooded”

cold-blooded

adjective uk   /ˌkəʊldˈblʌd.ɪd/ us    /ˌkoʊld-/
describes animals that can only control their body heat by taking in heat from the outside or by being very active: Snakes and lizards are cold-blooded animals.
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behaving in a very cruel way with no sympathy for other people: a cold-blooded murderUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse
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