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bloodless

[bluhd-lis] /ˈblʌd lɪs/
adjective
1.
without blood:
bloodless surgery.
2.
very pale:
a bloodless face.
3.
free from bloodshed; accomplished without bloodshed:
a bloodless victory; a bloodless coup.
4.
spiritless; without vigor, zest, or energy:
a dull, insipid, bloodless young man.
5.
without emotion or feeling; cold-hearted:
bloodless data.
Origin of bloodless
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English blodles, Old English blōdlēas. See blood, -less
Related forms
bloodlessly, adverb
bloodlessness, noun
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  • The Welsh people, by bloodless victory, have won the respect of all mankind.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • Pale and bloodless was her cheek, and cold were those beauteous limbs.

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
  • The Chief was still sitting there with that bloodless look when we marched in.

    Arm of the Law Harry Harrison
  • Perhaps you picture me as bloodless and pulled down on this diet!

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • Then her cheeks turned pale and her lips became white and bloodless.

    The Christian Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for bloodless

bloodless

/ˈblʌdlɪs/
adjective
1.
without blood
2.
conducted without violence (esp in the phrase bloodless revolution)
3.
anaemic-looking; pale
4.
lacking vitality; lifeless
5.
lacking in emotion; cold; unfeeling
Derived Forms
bloodlessly, adverb
bloodlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bloodless
adj.

Old English blodleas; see blood (n.) + -less. The figurative sense in Middle English was "powerless." Related: Bloodlessly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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