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faceless

[feys-lis] /ˈfeɪs lɪs/
adjective
1.
without a face:
a faceless apparition.
2.
lacking personal distinction or identity:
a faceless mob.
3.
unidentified or unidentifiable; concealing one's identity:
a faceless kidnapper.
Origin of faceless
1560-1570
First recorded in 1560-70; face + -less
Related forms
facelessness, noun
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  • One of the Greek main characters, you know, is to be απροσωπος, faceless.

    Lectures on Landscape John Ruskin
  • It was like trying to guess the time by looking at a faceless clock with no hands.

    Dead Giveaway Gordon Randall Garrett
  • That faceless and nameless horror was the apotheosis of the Imperialist.

    Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson
  • See any faceless body here you'd like me to stick your head on?

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  • This was uncanny, but it was not so terrible as the faceless form.

    Armorel of Lyonesse Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for faceless

faceless

/ˈfeɪslɪs/
adjective
1.
without a face
2.
without identity; anonymous
Derived Forms
facelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for faceless
adj.

1560s, from face (n.) + -less. Related: Facelessly; facelessness.

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