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loveless

[luhv-lis] /ˈlʌv lɪs/
adjective
1.
without any love:
a loveless marriage.
2.
feeling no love.
3.
receiving no love; unloved.
Origin of loveless
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English loveles. See love, -less
Related forms
lovelessly, adverb
lovelessness, noun
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  • Would Joe and Moll find them and force them back to a life of lovelessness, hardship, and degradation?

    Two Little Travellers Frances Browne Arthur
  • But he was a miserable youth, too, and in the anguish of loneliness and lovelessness a home tempted him sorely.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • If hard work, oblivion and lovelessness were to be his lot, the hardest of these was lovelessness.

    Jewel Weed Alice Ames Winter
  • We might add a clause to our litany,—From lovelessness and all manner of indifference, good Lord, deliver us!

    Is Polite Society Polite? Julia Ward Howe
  • Julia felt that she could love no one and that she deserved endless commiseration for her lovelessness.

    Narcissus Evelyn Scott
  • To maintain that the difference is the result of love or lovelessness in the home does not tell the whole story.

    Child Versus Parent Stephen Wise
British Dictionary definitions for lovelessness

loveless

/ˈlʌvlɪs/
adjective
1.
without love: a loveless marriage
2.
receiving or giving no love
Derived Forms
lovelessly, adverb
lovelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lovelessness

loveless

adj.

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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