Heart of stone

Idiom

Heart of Stone

Definition

To have a heart of stone means to be unemotional and unsympathetic, unable to feel compassion or empathy for others.

Examples

He has a heart of stone – it’s impossible to make him understand how I feel.

She has a heart of stone – she never shows any emotion.

Origin

This idiom is derived from the story of Medusa, a Greek monster who had a head of snakes instead of hair and a heart of stone.

FAQs

What does it mean to have a heart of stone?

The expression ‘heart of stone’ means to be unemotional and unsympathetic, unable to feel compassion or empathy for others.