1.) not showing or involving any emotions or pity for other people's suffering
a cold-blooded killer
cold-blooded murder
2.) a cold-blooded animal, such as a snake, has a body temperature that changes with the temperature of the air or ground around it
>cold-bloodedly adv
>cold-bloodedness n [U]

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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