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[luhv-lis] /ˈlʌv lɪs/
without any love:
a loveless marriage.
feeling no love.
receiving no love; unloved.
Origin of loveless
First recorded in 1275-1325, loveless is from the Middle English word loveles. See love, -less
Related forms
lovelessly, adverb
lovelessness, noun Unabridged
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  • Still we have bottled most of it and the labourer accepts his loveless lot.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • Why else would you submit to a loveless life and the dull routine of toil?

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • Into what a nest of stings and thorns his loveless marriage had plunged him!

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • And so her life had flowed on, uniform, peaceful and respectable, but loveless.

  • That it could lead to more evil than a loveless marriage was not, however, to be feared.

    Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
British Dictionary definitions for loveless


without love: a loveless marriage
receiving or giving no love
Derived Forms
lovelessly, adverb
lovelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for loveless

early 14c., "feeling no love;" late 14c. "unloved," from from love (n.) + -less. Attested from mid-13c. as a surname. Related: Lovelessly; lovelessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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