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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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  • If hard work, oblivion and lovelessness were to be his lot, the hardest of these was lovelessness.

    Jewel Weed

    Alice Ames Winter
  • Julia felt that she could love no one and that she deserved endless commiseration for her lovelessness.

    Narcissus Evelyn Scott
  • 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
  • Would Joe and Moll find them and force them back to a life of lovelessness, hardship, and degradation?

    Two Little Travellers

    Frances Browne Arthur
  • 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
  • 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


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 lovelessness



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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